Delco House Democrats thank fellow residents for work toward Green Phase

HARRISBURG, June 19 – Pennsylvania House Democrats representing Delaware County praised residents for their diligence and sacrifice in flattening the deadly curve of COVID-19 infections following Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today that the county will enter Green Phase recovery efforts on June 26.

During the Green Phase, aggressive mitigation tactics to control the spread of the disease are lifted, but several key defenses against it stay in effect.

  • Personal care services, including hair salons and barber shops, must operate at 50% capacity or by appointment only; appointments or reservations also are strongly encouraged for gyms or spas.
  • Any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of greater than 250 individuals is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, a concert, festival, fair, conference, sporting event, movie showing or theater performance.
  • Visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility.
  • Nursing home visitation restrictions remain in place.
  • Restaurants and bars may be open at 50% occupancy.
  • Casinos, theaters, and shopping malls can open at 50% occupancy.

Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are excluded from limitations. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures such as masking at their gatherings. Other details can be found here.

“Delaware County faced COVID-19 early and often, but neighbors, essential workers and families met it with resolve even when fear could have easily overcome us all,” Southeast Delegation Chairwoman Margo Davidson said. “March was a frightening month. News from Italy’s countrywide quarantine had just broken, and we might have panicked if it were not for the community’s willingness to heed caution and follow the governor’s and Dr. Levine’s steady leadership.”

“What we accomplished as a community saved countless lives not only in our own backyard, but across the state, and Delco’s residents and workers deserve a hero’s recognition for it,” Rep. Mike Zabel said. “We’ll all need to keep our guard up to keep the case spread down, but whenever and however we can do so safely, I can’t wait to celebrate our recovery as a community.”

“As more workers are finally able to return to work, it’s more important than ever for us to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC and state Department of Health,” Rep. David Delloso said. “We cannot slip and set back our economic recovery anymore than we can afford to shed more lives to the pandemic, which still very much exists. Employers must make every effort to set their workers up for success. My office staff and I are here to help address any question or condition that a worker or employer encounters.”

“We would not have moved toward recovery this quickly without heroic frontline workers, first responders, and volunteers who faced COVID-19 with exceptional bravery and skill,” Rep. Jennifer O’Mara said. “I’ve been proud to call Delco home for most of my life, and I know this community to be resilient and full of grit. I’m so proud of the way we stood so strongly against the unknown and changed the course of a deadly pandemic together. Let’s keep it up.”

“I’d like to thank Chester residents especially. As the world is learning more every day, communities of color face higher odds to lose in a battle like this,” Rep. Brian Kirkland said. “Like we are in almost any public health emergency, we’ve been disproportionately hurt. Most times, we, the community, are the best instruments to lift one another past becoming a statistic. That’s not the way it should be, but I praise Chester for stepping up nonetheless and I pledge to keep advocating in Harrisburg for all the help and relief we deserve for our schools, youth centers, senior centers, businesses and many other places.”

“Sadly, Delco has lost almost 700 of our neighbors, friends and loved ones in this ongoing fight,” Rep. Leanne Krueger said. “They won’t be the last, and these losses must inform our policy decisions as we move towards a full recovery. Who is most vulnerable and why? How can we help them and what will it take to implement that help? I praise the ongoing efforts of our frontline health care workers dedicated to the fight. Every public representative from Delco must have their backs going forward.”

“In changing so much about our lives for the last four months, we’ve come to learn a great deal about our humanity and how our behavior and habits affect one another and the world around us,” Rep. Greg Vitali said. “I’d like to see us honor that tough work by applying those lessons to every public health policy decision we encounter going forward. This is a globally connected world and we can never retreat from that knowledge.”