This past Friday Pennsylvania Governor Wolf announced that Berks County will move to the green phase today. Berks County Commissioners say this is a critical step for businesses in Berks that were not able to open under the other phases.

Although businesses in Berks are reopening, the Commissioners want to remind residents that the COVID-19 health crisis is not over, and the next phase is still unknown.

“There are two clear messages for Berks County businesses and residents. First, the COVID-19 health crisis is not over. There is currently no vaccine and no effective treatment.” says a statement by the Commissioners.

“Additionally, we are seeing spikes of new cases in cities and states that have already reopened in other parts of the US. This means we need to continue to follow health and safety protocols.”

Detailed resources are available for both businesses and individuals at www.DoYourPartBerks.com.

“The second message is that green does not mean the county is fully open. The Governor has acknowledged that green is not fully open and that something will come after green, but he has not indicated what that will look like nor when that may begin to take place.”

Despite legislative action to end the Governor’s emergency order Pennsylvanians are still under that order until the PA Supreme Court rules. The case is set to be heard on June 29th with a decision to follow. Even if the legislature wins their case it is not clear exactly what will change.

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