Happy weekend, everyone!
Like everything else, Mother’s Day plans have been made more complicated by COVID-19. Here’s what state officials recommend for celebrating safely this weekend.
Twenty-four counties in northwestern and north-central Pennsylvania have started reopening, moving to the yellow phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s three-phase reopening plan.
In her daily briefing Thursday, state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said residents in the 24 yellow counties could visit their loved ones for the Sunday holiday, but she encouraged the use of video chats and virtual methods to interact. And did we mention? Social distancing measures still apply.
For those who live in a county still in the red phase, stay-at-home orders are still in place, which means a virtual celebration will have to suffice for the time being.
For Pennsylvanians with a loved one in a personal care home or nursing home setting, you will not be permitted to visit them for the holiday. Nursing homes and personal care homes hold vulnerable populations and have seen a uptick in cases of COVID-19. Visitors are not currently permitted.
As we begin to reemerge, the Capital-Star will continue to work hard, bringing you the news you need about COVID-19 and the key issues that affect your lives. At a time of trial, the need for clear, concise reporting is more important than ever. And we’re going to deliver it to you. If you have questions or want to pass along story tips, email us at [email protected].
As for our usual disclaimer: Continue self-isolating, stay informed and follow the advice and precautions laid out by state health officials.
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All the best,
Cassie Miller | Associate Editor