Even In Yellow Phase, Life Is Far From Normal During Pandemic

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020) - Allegheny County and the surrounding Southwestern Pennsylvania area were not on the list of 24 counties that will move into the yellow phase of mitigation in Pennsylvania next Friday, May 1.

But even when restrictions are lifted locally, that doesn’t mean life will be back to normal.

PA Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said on Friday, that while a large number of retailers will be permitted to reopen in the yellow phase, with social distancing policies in effect, places like barbershops, hair and nail salons will remain closed.

“It is impossible to practice social distancing when you have a hands on treatment,” said Dr. Levine. “If someone was asymptomatic and they were the person working in the hair salon, they would see perhaps one person an hour, eight patients a day, working five, six days a week, they could expose a whole bunch of patients to COVID-19 and then those patients expose other patients and that’s how we get clusters and outbreaks.”

In addition, organized sports will not be allowed in the yellow phase.

On Thursday, the Little League canceled its World Series but said they hope local leagues would start to play once it’s deemed safe.

Dr. Levine says, “We will have to wait for the green phase for that to be allowed, as the governor has been saying, yellow means caution and it would not be an exercise of caution to let team sports play.”

Also, not much will chance for restaurants in the yellow phase, dine-in will still not be an option for customers and establishments are encouraged to continue to offer pickup, curbside pickup and delivery.

Gyms, spas, casinos and indoor movie theaters will continue to be closed, but drive-in movie theaters can operate in the yellow phase.

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