Updated state guidance is the next step in the state’s relaxation of the businesses closures that Gov. Tom Wolf put in place in December to curb the spread of the COVID-19. However, the Governor has urged residents to stay home as much as possible and continues to encourage vulnerable residents, such as those over 65 or those with preexisting medical conditions, to remain home as much as possible.
A report by the Record Herald points out that much of the focus on easing restrictions has been on the restaurant industry, however, bars, museums, aquariums and wedding reception venues are among the other businesses allowed to open over the coming days.
The following is a full list of what businesses will be reopening on Monday:
Restaurants that have been self-certified can reopen at 50% of their normal capacity Monday, while restaurants not self-certified can re-open for indoor dining at 25% capacity.
Buffets or other self-serve options are not allowed, and customers can only drink alcoholic beverages at a bar or a restaurant with a meal, and all alcohol sales have to stop by 11 p.m.
Wolf ordered the closure of many businesses and recreational facilities, putting a pause on many public gatherings to slow the virus’s spread. On Monday, movie theaters, museums, and casinos to reopen Monday.
Movie theaters around the state must limit attendance to 50% of their normal capacity and keep at least 6 feet between each group or person seated in the theater. Self-service of food or beverages will not be allowed. Theaters that hold live performances remain closed under the order. Casinos also will be able to open at 50% capacity.
Museums, aquariums and zoos must take “reasonable measures under the circumstances” to socially distance employees and attendees and increase their hygiene
Fitness centers, health clubs and gyms will be able to reopen on Monday. The businesses can reopen at 50% capacity. All equipment must be spaced at least 6 feet apart, and group activities must be limited to 10 people or fewer.
They will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity, and the state government is encouraging appointments and an emphasis on outdoor activities.
Salons and barbershops
Salons and barbershops must operate by appointment only and limit the number of customers to 50% of their establishment’s legal occupancy, as well as keep all customers at least 6 feet apart from one another.