Great news everybody.
We’re one week away from moving to the COVID-19 green phase in Southeastern Pennsylvania, announced today by Governor Tom Wolf.
The eight counties in our area that will move into the least restrictive phase of the three-tiered plan include: Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton.
Counties in the green phase will enjoy the return of indoor entertainment and recreation businesses, such as movie theaters, casinos, and shopping malls. Likewise, restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor dining with a 50 percent capacity cap.
Salons, barbershops, gyms, spas other personal care services will be allowed to reopen under the green phase. All health and wellness facilities must operate at 50 percent capacity, and health officials are recommending visits be made by appointment.
Can’t wait. First thing I’m gonna do is get a haircut. Then it’s off to Penn Park for 15v15 pickup soccer, no corner kicks. Maybe swing by Evil Genius on the way home and demand to be served without a mask.
Anyway, Mayor Kenney is gonna hold Philadelphia back a little bit, and we won’t get full green access like the other counties until July 3rd.
In an eight page guideline called “Reopening with Care,” this is noted:
If I’m reading that correctly we’re in line to resume playing sports again if we hit the required targets by next Friday. The “targets” are based on a number of factors in a graph on that PDF file, such as “presence of virus,” “adherence to guidance,” and “effectiveness of containment.”
In layman’s terms, if we follow the rules and do what they ask us the do, regardless of whether we agree or not, the sooner we get back to life as normal.