Counties in dark yellow moved to Pennsylvania's "yellow phase" of reopening on May 15, 2020, or before. The ones in bright yellow are scheduled to shift on May 22.
Counties in dark yellow moved to Pennsylvania's "yellow phase" of reopening on May 15, 2020, or before. The ones in bright yellow are scheduled to shift on May 22.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that 12 more counties can move on May 22 from Pennsylvania's "red" Covid-19 lockdown phase to the "yellow" phase that allows them to begin reopening.

They are mostly in Pennsylvania's northeast and southcentral regions. York County is among them, but Lancaster County is not. Nor are the other counties in the state's southeast region.

Local Republican officials have complained about Lancaster's inclusion in the southeast, saying it's inappropriate to group it with the more densely populated areas in and around Philadelphia.

Since last weekend, they have been calling for the county to shift to yellow today, Friday, blasting Wolf's Covid-19 policies as excessive and inconsistent.

They said businesses should reopen if they want to, provided they follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines. According to LNP, a few reopened, but most chose to continue following the governor's order.

Those counties moving to yellow May 22 are as follows: Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and York.

This chart shows key elements of the red, yellow and green phases of Pennsylvania's reopening plan.
This chart shows key elements of the red, yellow and green phases of Pennsylvania's reopening plan.
Tim Stuhldreher