WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Today is a major step forward to loosening the stay at home orders.. as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to reopen Pennsylvania.
“If there was an electrical storm we wouldn’t go boating. If there was a flood coming we would listen to our first responders when they tell us. That’s I think the common sense we have to use now,” said Lycoming County Commissioner Rick Mirabito.
Friday morning, Lycoming County government leaders held a news conference to help the public understand what life under the ‘yellow phase’ means. The county sheriff, public safety director and president judge spoke on the guidelines that will remain in place and what services are available.
“It’s a yellow light, this isn’t a green light and what we do today is going to build our safety for the future,” said Mirabito.
In the yellow phase, daycare centers and retail shops can reopen with social distancing guidelines.
Jenna Locricchio, co-owner of Little Jets Boutique told us “it’s exciting. It was a little bit of a struggle but we managed to make it through. We kind of found new ways to keep going and keep selling.”
Locricchio says she is opening her shop with limited hours and looking forward to doing business again.
“Just seeing all of our customers again, we missed them and just being able to sell and be back to work. As a mom it was nice to have that time with my kids but it’s nice to have my time for myself too,” she added.
Another business that you might not have thought of that just opened back up is Driver License Centers, but only in select locations. Williamsport is one of them.
“We’re here to get his driver’s permit. He turned 16 on Sunday and so we’re very excited it’s open. We got news first thing this morning and we rushed out the door,” said Laura Weaver of Lock Haven.
Valarie Lewis of Clifford Township and her boys were there for the same reason. “Well I’ve got two young boys here that turned 16 last month and they’ve been waiting on their learner’s permits since.”
Tyler Weaver of Lock Haven said “Just being able to drive and not having to wait 8 months to get my license now that it’s opened up.”
“Being able to drive that’ll be nice,” Wyatt Lewis told us.
Although 37 Pennsylvania counties have been shifted to the ‘yellow phase’, 30 counties still remain in the ‘red phase.’