Kortz pleased Allegheny County can begin reopening process

DRAVOSBURG, May 11– State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, said he is pleased Allegheny County is among the counties allowed to move from a red to a yellow reopening designation, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 15.

“This is indeed good news for our region, which has been significantly impacted by the pandemic,” said Kortz. “It means that many of our local businesses can reopen their doors or increase their hours and operations, allowing many more residents to safely return to work and safely support those businesses. We must remember to follow the health and social distancing guidelines to move forward, because we don’t want to more back to the red designation.”

Kortz added that Allegheny County and the other counties included in the yellow designation must follow these restrictions:

Work-related restrictions:
• Telework should continue where allowed and feasible.
• Businesses with in-person operations must follow business and building safety orders.
• Childcare facilities open must comply with state guidelines.
• Congregate care and prison restrictions remain in place.
• Schools will remain closed for in-person instruction.

Social restrictions
• Stay-at-home order lifted for aggressive mitigation.
• Large gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited.
• In-person retail is allowed, curbside and delivery preferable.
• Indoor recreation, health and wellness businesses and personal care services (such as spas, hair and nail salons, gyms and entities that provide massage therapy) and entertainment facilities (including casinos and theaters) remain closed.
• Restaurants and bars are limited to carry-out and delivery only.

More information on the reopening plan can be found at this link: https://www.governor.pa.gov/process-to-reopen-pennsylvania/.