This is the most recent map of the counties' schedule to reopen. Screenshot via NBC Philadelphia

York County Moves to Yellow Phase of Reopening Stages

May 21, 2020

Governor Wolf announced that York and 11 other counties will move to the yellow phase on Friday, May 22.

According to Tom Wolf, “the administration will utilize a three-phase matrix to determine when counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on work, congregate settings, and social interactions.”

This is the most recent map of the counties’ schedule to reopen. Screenshot via NBC Philadelphia

In the red phase, life-sustaining businesses remain open, large gatherings are prohibited, stay at home orders stay in place, restaurants and bars are limited to carry out and delivery and only travel for life-sustaining purposes is encouraged.

In the yellow phase, certain restrictions will be eased, but schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers remain closed.

In this phase, large gatherings, more than 25 people, still remain prohibited.

Each phase has its own restrictions, the yellow stage is the closest step to reopening. Screenshot via

In the green phase, most restrictions are lifted, but individuals are still encouraged to follow any CDC and PA Department of Health Guidelines.

Right now there are 18 counties in the red phase, and after Friday there will be a total of 49 counties in the yellow phase.

According to, Wolf said that it is not as easy as it seems to transition from the red phase to the yellow phase.

“It’s also about how people in our communities move about. How they interact,” Wolf said. “It’s about the amount of close quarters and shared touch points. It’s about the likelihood that one case will become 100 cases.”

Many people still have to deal with being under stay at home orders, but Governor Wolf wants everyone to work together and follow guidelines so it is an easier and faster transition.

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