By Friday, all of Pennsylvania will be in the “green” phase of reopening. In this phase, all businesses may reopen and most restrictions are lifted. Groups of up to 250 people are allowed to gather.
However, Philadelphia is taking a more gradual approach and will remain in a “modified green phase.” While Philly was supposed to fully reopen Friday, a recent uptick of cases has moved that date back to Aug. 1.
City officials initially set a target of 80 new cases per day to move into the green phase. Daily case counts are averaging around 100 per day. The Health Department will reevaluate the city’s status and what’s allowed to open weekly. If case counts continue to rise, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley warned, some open businesses may have to close.
In all stages of Philly’s green phase, most businesses will operate or look a little different than before, with mandated health precautions and protocols in place. For example, when shopping malls, casinos, museums, and libraries reopen, no eating or drinking will be allowed inside. Face masks are now mandatory in all public spaces in Pennsylvania.
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