Carbon County reopens Friday as rest of greater Lehigh Valley remains under stay-at-home orders

Written by on May 18, 2020

 Carbon County reopens Friday as rest of greater Lehigh Valley remains under stay-at-home orders

By Jen Rehill

May 18, 2020

Pennsylvania is moving another 12 counties to the yellow gradual reopening phase this Friday, May 22. But most of the Greater Lehigh Valley remains under the red stay-at-home orders. Carbon County in the slate belt remains the lone exception, WLVR’s Jen Rehill reports.

The latest additions to the state’s yellow list leave just 18 counties in the red. Concentrated in the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and its ring counties. 

The phased approach has sparked a significant political divide in places that remain under lockdown, even prompting rebellion in places like Lebanon County, where commissioners passed a resolution moving the area to yellow against state orders. Governor Wolf questioned that stance.

“I think the unfortunate thing about a decision like that is, why anybody would think they could make that. Going to yellow in the face of a virus that’s sitting there saying, ‘I don’t think you’re really ready,’ could put the lives of folks in that county at risk.”

In the meantime, the governor continues to recommend that all residents — no matter what county they live in — use precautions to keep the virus at bay. Those precautions include wearing masks in public, opting to telework when possible and avoiding social gatherings. 

Under the current plan, most of the Lehigh Valley is slated to stay red and stay at home through June 4th.


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