Longietti: Mercer County moving to ‘green’ phase of reopen plan June 5

HARRISBURG, May 29 – Mercer County will be moving to the “green” phase of the state’s reopen plan on June 5, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti said the news is especially welcome to residents and small business owners, who were forced to remain under yellow phase restrictions because of a brief spike in cases even as surrounding counties moved to green.

“I’m pleased that the governor heard my message,” said Longietti, who recently drafted a letter to the administration that was co-signed by fellow lawmakers and officials. “Our small businesses are ready to reopen, and our residents are ready to go out and support them. It’s time to reignite our local economy.

“We are resourceful, smart and resilient, and Mercer County will emerge from this period with momentum and strength to meet the future.”

Longietti noted that the green phase of the state’s reopen plan allows remaining businesses – including restaurants, bars, barbershops, hair salons, gyms, casinos, theaters and shopping malls – to reopen at 50% capacity. Barbershops and salons may operate by appointment only, while appointments are strongly recommended for gyms and spas.

Organized sports such as youth activities may resume with social distancing, while gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed with social distancing and masks.

Large recreational gatherings such as concerts remain restricted, as are nursing home visits.