Ciresi calls on Gov. Wolf to open restaurants and hair salons in Yellow Phase

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa., May 26 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced that he has written a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf, signed by several other Pennsylvania House members, that would urge him to allow restaurants, hair salons and barbershops to open with limited capacity in the Yellow Phase.

Ciresi stressed appropriate safety measures and guidelines would have to be met to reopen.

"We have seen how our grocery stores and other businesses have adapted to this crisis,” Ciresi said. “This letter is merely a call to amend the Yellow Phase as it is currently to allow hair salons, barbershops, and restaurants to safely reopen as well. Protecting lives is my top priority, but we also need to make sure our small businesses do not have to close their doors permanently over this pandemic. Reopening can be done safely, and we have the protective equipment and cleaning procedures to follow mitigation guidelines." 

Ciresi was joined by state Reps. Steve Malagari, Christina Sappey, Tina Davis, Dave Delloso, Jennifer O’Mara, Dan Williams, Danilo Burgos, Tim Briggs, Melissa Shusterman, and Austin Davis in calling for these changes. The letter was also accompanied by proposed safety guidelines for barbershops.

Limited capacity for these businesses would mean 50% of their capacity limit during the Yellow Phase and 80% during the Green Phase. This would also include full use of outdoor seating, including adjacent parking capacity, in accordance with local PLCB guidelines and local ordinances.

Wolf has announced that all Pennsylvania counties, including Montgomery County, will move at least into the Yellow Phase by June 5, with 17 counties moving to the Green Phase on May 29.

More information is available by contacting Ciresi’s office at 484-200-8265.