Bucks Could Move Into Green Phase On June 26

State Sen. Steve Santarsiero speaks at a press conference. Photo by Rick Rickman.

Bucks County may be moving into the green phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s reopen plan on Friday, June 26. The information comes from Bucks state lawmakers.

During a weekly town hall Friday, State Senator Steve Santarsiero stated he spoke with the governor’s office the same day. He affirmed the June 26 date.

“Many of us had hoped it would be a week earlier, the 19th,” said Santarsiero. “But they are taking this week and next week to evaluate and then they will make an announcement.”

Santarsiero’s words echo the sentiment of Dr. David Damsker, Bucks County Health Department Director. Damsker stated this past week Bucks was ready to move to green.

Still, the news is promising for those disappointed Bucks was not included in Wolf’s most recent announcement. Eight more counties will move into the green phase on June 19, and Bucks is not among them. This means Bucks will be one of Pennsylvania’s last 13 counties in the yellow phase.

State Rep. John Galloway confirmed to LevittownNow he had also heard the June 26 date.

Santarsiero also made it clear the date would only apply if current trends hold steady. Bucks has averaged about 22.6 new positives per day over the past two weeks.

However, the governor’s office will not confirm whether it is eyeing June 26 for Bucks to reopen.

“Pennsylvania’s measured, phased process to reopen is successful because of its cautious approach that includes factors relying on science, the advice of health experts and that asks everyone to do something as simple as wearing a mask when inside or around others outside the home,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “We will continue to move forward cautiously.”