Wolf broadens rules for wearing masks

By Mike McGann, Editor The Times @mikemcgannpa Gov. Tom Wolf has a simple message for Pennsylvanians: if you’re not home, wear a mask. Always. Wolf expanded his order on masks Wednesday to include pretty much every activity outside of the home with an eye on slowing the spread of COVID-19, which experienced its highest rate of new cases in the US ever on Wednesday — and alarming growth in Allegheny...

Chesco goes Green; most businesses allowed to reopen

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa After more than three months of COVID-19 shutdown, Chester County is largely opening up today. While virtually no businesses will reopen at full capacity, everything beyond those that require large public gatherings (concerts, sporting events, etc) are allowed to resume operation as of today. Still, there are limits — COVID-19 is raging through...

Wolf: Chesco to go Green, June 26

Updated, 1:20 p.m., adds Wolf comments, Levine comments By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa One more week to go. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that Chester County would be among the next counties in the state to move to Green Status on June 26 — meaning pretty much all businesses will be able to reopen — as Pennsylvania slowly reopens from locking down to fight the deadly COVID-19...

Continuing the conversation about race

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Like it or not, we need to keep talking about race. While the killing of George Floyd was the straw that broke the camel’s back, the rising level of anger over racism has been growing for years. Since Donald Trump’s election, those who hate on the basis of skin color seem to feel like they have been given a green light to openly express their...

Chester County officially moves to Yellow Phase; some businesses allowed to reopen

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Chester County is — sort of — open for business. Gov. Tom Wolf signed an amended executive order moving the last 10 counties from red — or Stay At Home — status to Yellow, allowing limited business openings, a return to limited retail operations, and the start of outdoor dining at many area restaurants. Still, there remain a number of restrictions...

COVID-19 Update, May 29: Shusterman pushes for hair salons to reopen in Yellow Status; Wolf signs budget

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa As parts of the state move to Green status and eight more counties move to Yellow — with Chester County just one week from moving into Yellow — a local State Rep. is asking Gov. Tom Wolf to reconsider his limit on hair salons in areas with a Yellow status. As of right now, only areas in Green status are permitted to have barbers and hair salons...

COVID-19 Update, May 28: Outdoor dine-in coming back to Chesco next week

By Mike McGann, Editor The Times @mikemcgannpa If all goes as planned, by the end of next week, folks in Chester County may be able to enjoy a sit down meal — outdoors — and argue about the Eagles’ prospects for the coming season, after a series of adjustments in rules for areas in Yellow and Green status counties, announced Wednesday afternoon by Gov. Tom Wolf. Wolf’s orders will allow...

COVID-19 Update, May 27: Local legislators ask Wolf to allow restaurants, hair salons to partially reopen under Yellow status

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa As much of Pennsylvania edges toward reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic, some local legislators are asking Gov. Tom Wolf to amend his rules for counties in Yellow status and allow a limited reopening of some restaurants and hair salons. State Rep. Joe Ciresi — along with State Rep. Dan Williams (D-73), Christina Sappey (D-158) and State Rep. Melissa...

COVID-19 Update, May 26: Wolf seems to throw cold water on HS graduations, pro sports restart

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa As Gov. Tom Wolf thanked Pennsylvanians for doing their part to drive down the number of new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, he seemed to throw cold water on the idea of high schools holding graduation ceremonies and a restart of pro sports in the Keystone state any time soon. Responding to a question during Tuesday’s press conference, referencing moves...

COVID-19 Update, May 22: All of Pa. to go ‘Yellow’ June 5; 17 counties go ‘Green’ on May 29

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday afternoon that the entire state of Pennsylvania would move out of lockdown into Yellow status, effective June 5, with eight counties moving to Yellow and 17 additional counties moving to the fully open Green status on May 29. “We know not only that we succeeded in slowing case growth, but that our actions, our collective...