HARRISBURG, Pa. - Governor Tom Wolf's administration said it will lift some restrictions statewide on some businesses offering outdoor recreation.
Starting Friday, May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds may reopen statewide, the governor's office said in a news release.
The businesses will need to follow updated life-sustaining business guidance and FAQ issued by the Wolf administration, including specifics for how the outdoor recreational industries can resume activities while prioritizing public health and safety.
Campgrounds in state parks will remain closed through Thursday, May 14.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance on visiting parks and recreational facilities. The guidelines must be followed statewide by businesses and when engaging in outdoor activity while the state disaster declaration remains in effect.
“Pennsylvanians have remained resilient throughout this COVID-19 crisis, and as we successfully continue to flatten the curve to protect our physical health, it is critical that we also focus on our physical and mental health during these extraordinary times. As the weather warms and daylight lengthens, enjoying time outdoors is an important way to manage stress,” Wolf said.
“As we start to take measured, limited steps to reopen our commonwealth, reopening these industries will help to rebuild our economy and strengthen our mental health.”
According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half (45 percent) of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over COVID-19, the governor's office said.