Mask Up! Tri-State Issues Restrictions Before Heading into Holiday Weekend

On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolfe said Pennsylvania's residents are required to wear masks when they exit their homes. Well, you know it's crazy when the governor has to actually say that to people for them to protect themselves, or others, from Covid-19. Of course a lot of states have put a pause on things reopening due to some states' spikes in Covid cases. But in case you are wondering what's up and what can you do, especially this holiday weekend, CBS Philly has broken things down as to what you can do in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. But whatever you chose to do, be safe and wear that mask.

Even though Philly is in a modified green phase, here are some things that are going on

  • Masks are mandatory inside businesses and outdoors in crowded areas.
  • The Health Department recommends people not travel from Philadelphia to high-instance areas. Anyone returning to Philadelphia from states where numbers have spiked, should self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Indoor dining is not allowed. Outdoor dining has resumed.
  • Gyms remain closed. They are expected to reopen on Aug. 1.
  • Museums, libraries, indoor shopping and casinos will open July 3. Guests at casinos must wear masks, six-feet distance, and no food, drink or smoking will be allowed indoors.
  • Swim clubs are open.
  • Hair salons and other personal care services can open at 50% occupancy. Appointments are strongly encouraged.
  • Child care facilities are open.
  • Schools remain closed to in-person instruction. Expected to resume in Fall.

For Delaware, the state is in phase 2 of opening. That means:

  • Retail stores, indoor malls, restaurants, hair salons and other personal care businesses are permitted to open at 60% capacity.
  • Parks and recreation facilities including any public or private park and any outdoor recreational facility such as a zoo, miniature golf course, outdoor tennis facility or batting cage can open with modifications to ensure visitors can maintain social distancing at all times.
  • Performing Arts, museums, galleries, libraries, historical attractions and arts education institutions can reopen at 60% capacity and in accordance to CDC guidelines.
  • Houses of Worship are permitted to operate at 60% capacity.
  • Gyms are permitted to open at 30% capacity.
  • Child care is open, but officials encourage families who can keep their children home to continue to do so.
  • Sporting facilities and venues and indoor children’s play areas remain closed.
  • Water parks remain closed unless they can create a facility-specific plan that explains how they will maintain social distancing between individuals who are not from the same household, how they will require the use of face coverings in their facilities, and how they will regularly clean surfaces.
  • Buildings used for commercial, industrial or other enterprises, including but not limited to facilities for warehousing, manufacturing, commercial offices, airports, universities, colleges, and residential buildings can reopen in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • In Rehoboth Beach, everyone over the age of 12 must wear a face-covering in public. That includes all commercial buildings, sidewalks, the boardwalk and the beach. Those in the water are not required to wear a face covering.

For New Jersey:

  • A travel advisory is currently in place. Anyone traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing COVID-19 rates are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Indoor dining is paused indefinitely. Outdoor dining is allowed.
  • Retail shops and malls are open to indoor shopping.
  • Museums, aquariums and some indoor recreation facilities can reopen at a 25% capacity on July 2.Outdoor amusement and water parks are allowed to reopen on July 2 at 50% capacity.
  • Indoor entertainment venues, including movie theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, and nightclubs remain closed.
  • Gyms and fitness centers remain closed but are allowed to open for individualized training sessions by appointment.
  • Hair and nail salons and tanning salons are open.
  • Casinos are allowed to reopen on July 2. However, beverage services, including alcohol, along with smoking in casinos is temporarily banned.
  • Beaches are open, beachgoers must social distance.
  • Child care facilities are open.
  • New Jersey schools are closed but are expected to reopen in September.
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