Bucks County will partially reopen for business on June 5, according to Governor Tom Wolf. This means moving into the yellow phase of the Wolf Administration’s plan.
Governor Tom Wolf made the announcement during a press conference late Friday afternoon. Another eight counties will be moving into the yellow phase by May 29 for a total of 57, but Bucks is not among them.
Pennsylvania has a total of 67 counties and Bucks will be one of the last ten to move into the yellow phase. Southeastern PA, including Montgomery County and Philadelphia, is the final region to reopen.
Additionally, 17 other counties will be moving into the green phase before Bucks moves into the yellow phase. These counties are located in the north and northeastern regions of the commonwealth.
“COVID-19 continues to be a threat to our health and welfare and unfortunately that won’t change until we have a vaccine or a cure,” said Wolf.
Wolf’s decision gives no concessions to the Bucks County Commissioners. They had requested a reopen date before the June 2 primary election, potentially before the end of May.
Looking to the future, Bucks County moving to the yellow phase on June 5 is not an end to restrictions. However, several mandates will change.
For starters, it will mean a lift of the stay-at-home order. Residents will be able to travel for more than just life-sustaining purposes.
Some businesses with in-person operations will be able to reopen as long as they follow safety orders. But employees should continue telework when possible.
As for things not changing, restaurants will remain restricted to takeout and delivery. Indoor and outdoor dining are off limits. Gyms, casinos, theaters, spas, and other indoor recreation will stay closed.
The eight counties moving into the yellow phase Friday, May 29 are: