By Libby Rosequist
Erie County will move into the green phase of Pennsylvania’s reopening from COVID-19 shutdowns on Friday, June 26. Restaurants, bars, gyms and salons will be open to the public after months of a complete shutdown or restricted outdoor access.
Some highly anticipated businesses opening in North East are Bella Salon & Day Spa and Snap Fitness, among many others.
All businesses operating at 50% occupancy capacity in yellow-phase rules can increase to 75% occupancy capacity.
Restaurants and bars may open at 50% occupancy capacity.
Personal care services (including hair salons and barbershops) may open at 50% occupancy and by appointment only, under Department of State guidelines.
“We have been working nonstop to make sure our salon is sanitized and ready to open this Friday,” Stephanie Dowd, owner and stylist at Bella Salon & Day Spa said. “We are following the strict guidelines put in place by the CDC and the State Board of Cosmetology and cannot wait to see our clients again. We are anxious to see what the future holds after the pandemic but we are prepared to give our clients the best and safest service possible.”
Bella Salon & Day Spa will be accepting clients by appointment only and they will not be offering facials, makeup services or waxing that involves removing the client’s mask until further notice.
Indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities and personal care services (such as gyms and spas) may open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged by the state.
“We are so excited to see our fitness family again and I know people are beyond ready to get back into the gym,” Tomi Fitzpatrick, owner of Snap Fitness, said. “I know how important fitness can be to people physically and mentally and we hope to help everyone achieve their goals. I also want to thank the community for their continued support and encouragement they gave us during this unprecedented time.”
Snap Fitness will be open 24 hours and will continue personal training but until further notice all group classes have been canceled.
Businesses with in-person operations must follow the state’s updated business and building safety requirements.
Gatherings of more than 250 people are prohibited.
Masks are required when entering a business. However, businesses that provide medication, medical supplies, or food must offer another means for the customer to purchase goods if the customer is unable to wear a mask. Those means could include home delivery or contactless curbside pickup. Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including children under the age of 2 years per CDC guidance) may enter the premises and are not required to provide documentation of such medical condition.