Coronavirus: How Pennsylvania’s reopening compares with other states near us

A look at what states that border Pennsylvania are doing

Coronavirus: How Pennsylvania’s reopening compares with other states near us

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he will slowly reopen Pennsylvania by phases: red, yellow and green.

Twenty-four Pennsylvania counties moved into the yellow phase May 8. All southwest Pennsylvania counties, with the exception of Beaver County, will move into the yellow phase May 15.

Under the yellow designation, stay-at-home orders will be lifted and gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed. Child care is open, although businesses must follow federal and state guidance for safety, social distancing and cleaning. Most retail stores will be allowed to open, but curbside pickup and delivery is still preferable.

Content Continues Below

Gyms, casinos, theaters and other indoor recreational, wellness and entertainment venues will stay closed. Restaurants and bars will still be limited to carryout or delivery.

“The purpose of [the yellow] phase is to begin to power back up the economy while keeping a close eye on the public health data to ensure the spread of disease remains contained to the greatest extent possible,” Wolf’s plan said.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in states near us:

On May 7, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the next phase of the “Responsible RestartOhio” plan.

Hair salons, barbershops, day spas and nail salons will be permitted to reopen May 15. Massage parlors are not included in the May 15 date, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said.

  • You may have to wait in your car for your hair appointments. Cosmetologists will be wearing masks while performing services. Product samples and magazines in waiting areas will not be permitted. Masks requirements are at the discretion of the salon.

Restaurants and bars will be permitted to reopen for outside dining on May 15 and inside dining on May 21.

  • Restaurants and bars will be required to have a floor plan that is in accordance with current regulations for social distancing. Parties will be limited to 10 people maximum and are required to be six feet from other parties. Patrons may be required to wait for seating in their vehicles. Mask requirements will be made at the discretion of restaurant owners.

Gov. Jim Justice outlined a reopening plan called “West Virginia Strong – The Comeback.” The state is currently in week three.

Here is more from Justice’s plan:

Week three includes the reopening of wellness centers and drive-in movie theaters:

  • Wellness centers operated by or with West Virginia licensed health care providers
  • Drive-in movie theaters​
  • Outdoor guided fishing​ and rock climbing​ (May 15)

Week two involved the reopening of small businesses, outdoor seating at restaurants, barbershops, nail salons, and church and funeral services:

  • Small businesses with 10 or fewer employees
  • Restaurants with takeaway service or outdoor dining
  • Religious entities and funeral homes
  • Barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, pet grooming and other professional services

On week four, starting on May 21, indoor dining, large/specialty retail stores, tanning businesses and several more businesses will be allowed to reopen.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the beginning of stage one of the “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,” which includes moving from a stay-at-home order to a safer at home public health advisory on May 15.

Retail stores:

Retail stores will be allowed to reopen at a 50% capacity, with curbside pickup and delivery strongly encouraged, and all public health precautions in place. According to the governor’s website, the examples of businesses that may reopen include clothing and shoe stores, pet groomers, animal adoption shelters, car washes, art galleries, and bookstores.


The governor said churches and houses of worship may begin to safely hold religious services, at up to 50% capacity, with outdoor services strongly encouraged.

Hair Salons:

Some personal services, including barbershops and hair salons, may reopen with up to 50% capacity, by appointment only and with appropriate health and safety guidelines, according to the governor’s website.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his “NY Forward Reopening” plan.

On May 15, he announced that several regions have met the metrics to begin phase one of the reopening plan.

Phase one includes construction, manufacturing, retail for curbside pickup, agriculture, forestry and fishing.

According to the governor’s website, certain low-risk business and recreational activities, including landscaping, gardening, tennis and drive-in-movie theaters will reopen statewide on May 15.

Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled on Monday a plan setting the stage for reopening the state’s economy called "The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health.”

He also signed an executive order to allow the restart of non-essential construction (May 18), non-essential retail stores to reopen for curbside pickup (May 18), and drive-in events under social distancing guidelines (effective immediately).

Today, I signed an Executive Order to allow ✅The restart of non-essential construction, effective 5/18 ✅Non-essential...

Posted by Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Gov. John Carney’s plan for reopening Delaware’s economy is based on guidance from the CDC, including 14 days of declining cases. Carney also says extensive testing and contact tracing programs must be in place before economic restrictions are loosened.

Carney announced June 1 as the target for phase one of reopening. The state's stay-at-home order has been extended until May 31.

Under phase one, gatherings would have 10 or fewer people, vulnerable individuals would shelter in place, large venues and restaurants would have strict guidelines, gyms will have to follow strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols, bars will remain closed, and more.