In a press release dated May 4, Gov. Tom Wolf provided guidance detailing the procedures businesses must follow to conduct in-person operations in counties moving to the yellow phase on Friday, May 8.
He said businesses must protect their employees, their employees’ families, and their communities. Those businesses that have been operating using telework, i.e., working from home, must continue to do so to prevent the spread of the virus, until the stay-at-home and business closures are lifted when counties enter a ‘green’ phase.
Under the yellow phase of reopening, life-sustaining businesses that could not conduct either all or part of their operations via telework will continue to conduct their operations in-person, and many non-life sustaining businesses will be permitted to restart their in-person operations through the loosening of some restrictions under the stay-at-home and business closure orders.
In counties that have been designated as in the yellow phase, all businesses, except those categories specifically listed as remaining closed, are permitted to conduct in-person operations, as long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance.
The guidance includes specific information on cleaning and disinfecting premises, limiting the number of employees in common areas and customers on premises, providing masks and sanitizing supplies for employees, installing shields or other barriers at registers and checkout areas to physically separate cashiers and customers, and creating a plan in case a business is exposed to a probably or confirmed case of the virus.
Businesses that must remained closed in the yellow phase are: indoor recreation and health and wellness facilities, personal care services such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons, entities that provide massage therapy, and all entertainment venues including casinos and theaters.
Restaurants and bars are still limited to carry-out and delivery only.