Conklin: Centre County among those allowed to begin reopening process

PHILIPSBURG, May 1 – Centre County is among 24 counties statewide that have been moved from red to yellow status, allowing for limited reopening effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 8, state Rep. Scott Conklin announced today.

Conklin, D-Centre, said he was pleased that the county was able to meet the reopening criteria, based on the number of COVID-19 cases, population density, and capacity of ICU and medical/surgical beds.

“Our residents have been abiding by the stay-at-home orders and many of our businesses have had to either close or significantly curtail operations,” Conklin said. “Make no mistake: this is certainly good news for Centre County, but we still must remain vigilant and continue to practice social distancing guidelines to further curb the virus’s spread.”

Conklin added that counties in the yellow designation must follow these restrictions:

Work-related restrictions:
 Telework must continue where allowed and feasible.
 Businesses with in-person operations must follow business and building safety orders.
 Child care facilities open must comply with state guidelines.
 Congregate care and prison restrictions remain in place.
 Schools will remain closed for in-person instruction.

Social restrictions
 Stay-at-home order lifted for aggressive mitigation.
 Large gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited.
 In-person retail is allowed, curbside and delivery preferable.
 Indoor recreation, health and wellness businesses and personal care services (such as spas, hair and nail salons, gyms and entities that provide massage therapy) and entertainment facilities (including casinos and theaters) remain closed.
 Restaurants and bars are limited to carry-out and delivery only.

More information on the reopening plan can be found at this link: