Transitioning to the yellow phase: quick tips
As much of southwestern Pennsylvania prepares for and moves into the yellow phase (effective Friday May 15, 2020) of Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 plan, what does this really mean for you?
Restaurants and bars: In this current phase, restaurants and bars are open only for takeout or delivery orders. Dine-in options will resume when under the ‘green’ phase of the reopening plan. Want to learn more about food safety tips for takeout? Check out this guide from our Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program..
Retail Shops: According to the new guidelines, businesses must adhere to the following:
- Conduct business with the public by appointment only, whenever possible.
- If appointment-only service is not feasible, retailers should limit the number of people inside the building to no more than 50% of the total maximum occupancy.
- Customers must wear masks at all times, with some exceptions for infants and those with medical conditions.
- Hours will likely be modified so that there is enough time to clean and restock, including designated times for people at high risk to shop.
- Customers are encouraged to use online ordering by providing delivery or pick-up options.
Residents: Now more than ever, it is vital to adhere to the CDC health guidelines in order to continue to flatten the curve and safeguard our neighbors. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Small gatherings of under 25 are permitted, but masks are still encouraged for daily use when going out.
Are you in a position to help those who are in need? Many communities, such as Lawrenceville, Millvale, Bloomfield, and others, have started a “buddy system,” where volunteers can assist an elderly or immunocompromised neighbor. Reach out to your community today to learn about their program or encourage your municipality to begin!
Overall, stay safe, be smart when going out, and continue to support local businesses and restaurants through online orders or takeout!