Rep. Bizzarro: Erie to begin reopening efforts May 8 per Wolf administration guidelines

ERIE, May 1 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro said he is ready for Erie to proceed with great caution to return to a new normal as the Wolf administration today announced Erie will move to the yellow phase of reopening efforts effective May 8.

According to the administration’s website, the following restrictions will be in place in the Yellow Phase:

 Work and congregate setting restrictions will include:

  • Telework Must Continue Where Feasible.
  • Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety Orders.
  • Child Care Open Complying with Guidance.
  • Congregate Care and Prison Restrictions in Place.
  • Schools Remain Closed for In-Person Instruction.

Social Restrictions:

  • Stay-at-Home Order Lifted for Aggressive Mitigation.
  • Large Gatherings of More than 25 Prohibited.
  • In-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery Preferable.
  • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain Closed.
  • Restaurants and Bars Limited to Carry-Out and Delivery Only.

“As our region reopens, it’s important that we remain vigilant, wear masks, wash hands and continue to practice social distancing. It’s the only way that we can continue making progress toward the Green Phase and keep as many Pennsylvanians as healthy as possible,” Bizzarro explained.

Bizzarro said as Pennsylvania regions move from phase to phase, they must still follow Centers for Disease Control and Department of Health guidance for social distancing and cleaning. Public health indicators will still be monitored and restrictions will be adjusted as necessary.