PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As restrictions begin to lift in the Delaware Valley, some reopenings are being halted due to the recent spike of COVID-19 cases seen nationwide. It may start to get a bit confusing what you can and can’t do as you cross state lines, so here’s a break down of what is currently allowed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware:


Most of the state has moved into the green phase. Face masks are now mandatory at any time a Pennsylvanian leaves their home and cannot maintain social distancing while around other people, Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday. The expansion of Wolf’s April executive order takes effect immediately. The order comes as Americans are dealing with surging cases of COVID-19 and confusion over best practices in public, especially on masks. Statewide, Pennsylvania has seen an uptick in the percentage of new positive cases since mid-June.

Everyone Philadelphia is currently in a “modified” green phase.

In Philadelphia:

  • 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 these states should self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Indoor dining is not allowed. Outdoor dining has resumed.
  • Gyms reopened July 20 with restrictions in place.
  • Museums, libraries, indoor shopping and casinos reopened on 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.
  • Spraygrounds and camps at recreation centers have reopened.
  • Hair salons and other personal care services can open at 50% occupancy. Appointments are strongly encouraged.
  • Child care facilities are open.
  • Philadelphia School District will reopen in the fall for hybrid instruction. Here’s the district’s current plan.
  • All large, public events are canceled through February 2021, including the Broad Street Run, the Philadelphia Marathon, the Thanksgiving Day parade and the Mummers Parade.

Surrounding suburbs including, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh and Montgomery Counties are in the green phase:

  • Businesses may resume operations, though they must continue to follow the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines.
  • Hair salons, gyms and other personal care services can open at 50% occupancy. Appointments are strongly encouraged.
  • All entertainment venues and indoor shopping can open at 50% occupancy.
  • Gatherings of up to 250 people are permitted in the green phase.



The state is currently in phase 2 of reopening.

  • 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 facilities are 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.
  • In Bethany Beach, a town ordinance requires everyone 12 years old and up to wear a face covering on the boardwalk and in the commercial downtown area, regardless of physical distance from others. Violators could be fined up to $100.
  • For more on Stage 2 of reopening in Delaware, click here.


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