CDC & Pennsylvania Regulations

The following chart provides an overview of Pennsylvania regulations for reopening through the red, yellow and green phases as they compare to CDC regulations. All PA regulations comply with CDC regulations. Please note that in some cases, Pennsylvania provides tighter regulations than the CDC, which should be adhered to by Pennsylvania businesses and organizations.

For reopening guidelines that are streamlined for the needs of Chester County businesses and organizations, please visit Restore Chester County's Business Toolkit and Resident Toolkit.

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Comparative Analysis of PA and CDC Reopening Regulations

  Pennsylvania Regulations CDC Regulations
RED PHASE (PHASE 1)
  • Life Sustaining Businesses Only
  • Congregate Care and Prison Restrictions
  • Schools (for in-person instruction) and Most Child Care Facilities Closed
  • Stay at Home Orders in Place
  • Large Gatherings Prohibited
  • Restaurants and Bars Limited to Carry-Out/ Delivery
  • Only Travel for Life-Sustaining Purposes
  • Essential Workplaces: Remain open, ensure social distancing, eliminate travel to workplace in high transmission settings, encourage all employees and customers to use face covering, install physical barriers between customers and workers, accommodations for personnel who are members of vulnerable populations, flexible sick-leave policies
  • General workplaces: Reopen ONLY if businesses can ensure strict social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting; limit service to drive-through or delivery; same guidelines as applied to essential workers
  • Restaurants/Bars: Provide physical guidance to ensure customers 6 feet apart, only food pick-up and delivery, restrict number of employees in a specific place and at a certain time, provide telework alternatives
  • Childcare Facilities: Remain open for children of essential workers, maintain enhanced social distancing measures (cancel all field trips, spaced seating at least 6 feet apart), close communal use spaces if possible or stagger time between use, routine sanitizing and disinfecting of surfaces, limiting use of "high touch" materials (art supplies, equipment, etc.)
YELLOW PHASE (PHASE 2)
  • Telework Must Continue Where Feasible
  • Businesses with In-person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety Orders
  • Child Care Open Complying with Guidance
  • Congregate Care and Prison Restrictions in Place
  • Schools Remain Closed for In-Person Instruction
  • Stay at Home Order Lifted for Aggressive Mitigation
  • Large Gatherings of More Than 25 Prohibited
  • In-person Retail Allowable; Curbside and Delivery Preferable
  • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain Closed
  • Restaurants and Bars May Provide Outdoor Dining, in Addition to Carry-Out and Delivery; food preparation must remain indoor and enclosed
  • Restaurants and Bars may Provide Indoor Open-Air Dining if there is infrastructure in place to promote an open-air environment (e.g. large windows that open, retractable walls, etc.); food preparation must remain indoor and enclosed; if a facility has questions about these guidelines, please feel free to contact your respective CCHD Health Inspector (link below table)
  • Essential Workplaces: Remain open, conduct tele-work when possible, ensure social distancing, close common areas, install physical barriers between customers and workers such as sneeze guards and partitions, cancel work-related gatherings, post signage raising awareness of COVID-19 transmission, flexible sick-leave policies
  • General Workplaces: Reopen ONLY if moderate social distancing can be ensured, encourage telework when possible, close common areas/stagger shifts, consider installing physical barriers to avoid disease transmission, consider resuming non-essential travel according to state regulations, post signs raising awareness of COVID-19 transmission, flexible sick-leave policies
  • Restaurants/Bars: Dining areas may be open with limited seating and social distancing; drive-through and delivery remain options; proper disinfection practices followed; install barriers such as sneeze guards and partitions at cash registers, bars, host stands, etc.; disposable or digital menus; implementation of flexible sick-leave policies
  • Parks/Recreational Facilities: Open with modifications to ensure social distancing, close spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained, have COVID-19 transmission awareness signage, flexible sick-leave policies
  • Childcare Facilities: Open with social distancing, close spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained, restrict non-essential volunteers and visitors, limit number of shared supplies, post signage raising awareness of COVID-19 transmission, flexible sick-leave policies
GREEN PHASE (PHASE 3)
  • Continued Telework Strongly Encouraged
  • Businesses with In-person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety Requirements
  • All Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% Occupancy
  • Child Care May Open Complying with Guidance
  • Congregate Care Restrictions in Place
  • Prison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual Facilities
  • Schools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth Guidance
  • Large Recreational Gatherings Remain Restricted
  • Restaurants and Bars Open at 50% Occupancy
  • Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment Only
  • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly Encouraged
  • All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% Occupancy
  • Construction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of Protocols
  • For individuals, green phase (Phase 3) includes: handwashing, face coverings, social distancing, environmental surface cleaning a.k.a. cleaning counters
  • For employers, includes: monitoring workforce for indicative symptoms, developing contact tracing procedures following employee COVID+ test, following federal, state and local regulations and guidance

Addtional Resources

CDC guidelines to reopening as of May 2020

CDC's Guidelines on How to Clean and Disinfect Public Spaces

CCHD Health Inspector Areas