Gov. Wolf Issues Updated Guidance, Allows Outdoor Dine-in for 'Yellow' Phase, Indoor Dine-in for 'Green'
The Wolf administration releases updated guidelines to address dine-in services allowed in "yellow" and "green" phase.

As more counties move into the "yellow" and "green" phases of the Wolf administration's plan to reopen the Commonwealth, Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Wednesday updated guidelines for dining services and professional sports. The governor also provided additional information and elaborated on general guidelines for "green" phase counties, issuing an updated order for those municipalities moving in the "green" phase on Friday.

Gov. Wolf said beginning June 5, restaurants and other retail food businesses located in "yellow" phase counties will be allowed to provide outdoor dine-in services, in addition to the already approved take-out and delivery options. Those offering outside dining will need to obey certain requirements, including maximum occupancy limits, closing off indoor areas of the business to customers except for through-traffic, and mandating customers to be seated at tables in order to receive service. The guidelines also prohibit self-serve food and drink options, such as buffets and drink stations.

For restaurants and bars in "green" phase counties, businesses will be permitted to provide dine-in service in both indoor and outdoor seating areas, still obeying the maximum occupancy limits. The guidelines allow for bar seating to be utilized if customers are seated and comply with social distancing protocol of at least 6 feet, or provide for physical barriers between customers.

The administration worked closely with the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association on the details of the guidance, but the governor stressed that no business is required to conduct in-person operations, even if in a "yellow" or "green" designated county.

In addition, Gov. Wolf issued guidelines for Pennsylvania's sports teams to resume practices and competitions within the Commonwealth. The new guidance will allow pro teams to resume activities in "yellow" and "green" phases of the governor's reopening plan, but without spectators and fans attending the events.

Pro teams, or the leagues they are a part of, must also develop a COVID-19 safety plan, which must be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The administration encouraged professional sports organizations within the state to contact the administration to share their reopening plans and expedite approval by the Department of Health.
Daily COVID-19 update for Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 780 new positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide on Tuesday, bringing the state total to 69,417. In addition, 5,265 Pennsylvanians have died from complications from the virus. To date, there have been nearly 350,000 negative cases across the state.

Daily COVID-19 update for Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health reported 33,439 cumulative cases of COVID-19 and 2,044 deaths, including probable cases, by Wednesday afternoon. There have been 5,700 hospitalizations and 1,492 ICU admissions.
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The Senate stands adjourned until Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

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The House stands adjourned until Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

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