Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is advising Pennsylvanians to stay home or stay safe if they do go out ahead of and during the July Fourth weekend.
It’s also asking travelers coming from 15 states to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in the Keystone State.
A news release from Wolf’s office on Thursday said anyone entering Pa. from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah “will need to quarantine for 14 days”. It did not say, however, how that directive would be enforced.
That said, based on a response from the Health Department about enforcement related to Wednesday’s expanded face-covering order that was signed by Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, it’s likely that the Wolf administration will hope travelers follow their request as opposed to using any kind of legal action to ensure quarantining happens.
It is recommended to stay home for 14 days if you return from a place with a high number of COVID-19 cases, as well.
“The green phase is not a green light to stop exercising caution in large, Levine said in a news release. “Although it is the holiday weekend, Pennsylvanians should refrain from attending large gatherings, and if you do go out and interact with others, wear a mask.
“My mask protects you, and your mask protects me. Wearing a mask shows that you care about others, and that you are committed to protecting the lives of those around you.”
Every Pa. county will be in the green phase of Wolf’s reopening plan to start the holiday weekend, as Lebanon is the final county to move into it on Friday at 12:01 a.m. Some areas of the state, however, have limited some things; Philadelphia county is currently under a modified green phase and is not allowing indoor dining, while Allegheny County has halted dine-in alcohol sales in hopes of slowing a sharp uptick of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pittsburgh and areas surrounding it.