PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As restrictions begin to lift in the Delaware Valley, some reopenings have been halted or modified 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:


In Philadelphia:

In surrounding suburbs including, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh and Montgomery Counties:

  • 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



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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