Gov. Wolf Issues Green Phase Order, Guidance on Dining and Professional Sports

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Wolf Administration worked with the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association to develop guidance on dining in both the yellow and green phases.Yellow Phase Outdoor DiningBeginning June 5, restaurants and retail food service businesses located in counties designated as being in the yellow phase are permitted to add dine-in service in outdoor seating areas so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, including maximum occupancy limits:Indoor areas, including bar areas, of restaurants and retail food service businesses must be closed to customers except for through-traffic. Non-bar seating in outdoor areas (i.e., tables or counter seats that do not line up to a bar or food service area) may be used for customer seating.Customers being served must be seated at a table.Prohibitions are also included. The following are not permitted:Self-service food or drink options, such as buffets, salad bars, condiments, and drink stations.Condiments on tables; these must be dispensed by employees upon the request of a customer.Reusable menus.Refilling food and beverage containers or allowing implements brought in by customers.Green Phase DiningRetail food service businesses, including restaurants, and bars located in counties designated as being in the green phase are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales, as well as dine-in service in both indoor and outdoor seating areas, so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, including maximum occupancy limits:Bar seating may be utilized if customers are seated and comply with physical distancing guideline of at least 6 feet or physical barriers between customers. Standing in a bar area will not be permitted.A maximum of four customers that have a common relationship may sit together at the bar, while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines or barriers between other customers.No business is required to conduct in-person operations and should not do so if unable to follow applicable guidance.Dining guidance provides businesses and employees in the restaurant and retail food service industry with specific details on operations, including following the Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public, available here, and provisions specific to mask-wearing, table-spacing, occupancy limits, sanitization, and implementation of a COVID-19 prevention plan, among other provisions to ensure worker and customer safety.The dining guidance also notes that restaurants and retail food service businesses located in counties designated as being in the red phase are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales only and may not allow the service or consumption of food or beverages on the premises.Professional Sports GuidanceThe Wolf Administration has worked with Pennsylvania’s professional sports teams to develop guidance that allows for competition to resume.Professional sports, defined as any sporting event at which the participants are paid by a league or team, or at which individuals or teams receive prizes or purse, are allowed to practice or play in the yellow and green phases of reopening without on-site or venue spectators if the team (or league on behalf of the team) has developed a COVID-19 safety plan.Such a plan must be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and include, among other requirements, testing or screening and monitoring of all on-venue players and personnel. Also, no fans or spectators may be permitted on interior or exterior venue property. Professional sports organizations are encouraged to contact the Wolf Administration to share their reopening plans and get them approved by the Department of Health.Find the governor’s order here.Find the secretary of health’s order here.Find business FAQs here.Ver esta página en español. May 27, 2020 Gov. Wolf Issues Green Phase Order, Guidance on Dining and Professional Sports Press Release,  Public Health As more counties move to yellow and green, Governor Tom Wolf today issued an order to elaborate on the reopening process for green phase counties and guidance on outdoor dining in yellow counties, dining in green counties, and professional sports in yellow counties.Green Phase Updated OrderThe governor elaborated on green phase guidelines announced on May 22 by issuing an updated order for counties in the green phase of reopening.The orders from Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine include these provisions:Suspends all previous stay-at-home orders and replaces them with the new green phase order for these counties, effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 29: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, and Warren.The order includes provisions for businesses that were permitted to conduct in-person operations in the yellow phase, those permitted to operate with some restrictions on in-person operations and those that were not permitted any in-person operations under the yellow phase.The order also includes guidance on occupancy limits and health and safety orders that business must adhere to under the green phase.Specifics are included on those areas that have raised questions from business owners and residents, including:Personal care services, including hair salons and barber shops must operate by appointment only; appointments or reservations are also strongly encouraged for gyms or spas.Any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of greater than 250 individuals is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, a concert, festival, fair, conference, sporting event, movie showing, or theater performance.Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations established by the order. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures such as masking at their gatherings.Visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility. Visitors who interact with residents and patients must be diligent regarding hygiene. Given the critical importance of limiting COVID-19 exposure in nursing homes, nursing home visitation restrictions will initially remain in place.last_img read more

Genocide survivor talks about experience, research

first_imgKosal Path, a survivor of Cambodian genocide under the Khmer Rouge, spoke Tuesday at the USC Gould School of Law about the experiences of growing up in the country and his present research on social rehabilitation after mass killings.The genocide, which occurred between 1975 and 1979, left about 1.7 million people dead at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime headed by Pol Pot. The genocide targeted several minority groups, including ethnic and ancestral Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai Cambodians.According to Path, Cambodians are still feeling the repercussions today. Though Path said he does not remember much from his childhood, he said he does remember not having any food. Path also remembers that his family members were forced to become refugees in Vietnam.“People were tormented so they are not ready to face it,” he said. “It will take them time to communicate about restoring relationships between the two communities.”After surviving the genocide, Path graduated from Phnom Penh University in Cambodia and received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at USC in international relations. During his presentation, Plath said of USC that despite his origins, he “feel[s] at home here.” Path currently serves as a lecturer in the USC School of International Relations and a USC Shoah Foundation Fellow.During the event, Path talked about the criminal cases involving the Khmer Rouge and said the fact that survivors were questioning the convicts in the courtroom sends a “powerful message.”The nation still holds so much anger towards the genocide, according to Path, that many participate in “Anger Day” on May 20 each year, where people express their anger about the genocide and visit the memorial.Path said criminals from the Khmer Rouge first attempted to blame the genocide on Vietnam and then on each other.Natasha Immaraj, a graduate student studying public policy, said that she thought the discussion of guilt was the most interesting part of Path’s talk.“The blame game is so typical of human nature,” she said. “They first blame the Vietnamese and then each other.”The event also included a presentation from Hannah Garry, president of USC Law International Human Rights Clinic. Garry spoke about her involvement in a criminal case concerning the massacres.Under the supervision of Garry, students traveled to Cambodia to assist in the conviction of the criminals responsible for the genocide.In her presentation, Garry showed pictures of the genocide memorial and torture chambers in addition to  talking about the work the students did on the criminal cases.Maggie Buckles, a law student who is in the International Human Rights Clinic, said that she attended the event to get a human perspective on a conflict she learned about from a technical and legal perspective.“Seeing how society has transformed and how much work there is left to do makes the work we’re doing for the tribunals seem really important,” Buckles said. “It’s motivational.”During the event, Path emphasized the importance of continuing to explore about genocide.“Seventy percent of the [current] population was born after the genocide,” Path said. “I think children should have an active memory of what happened.”last_img read more

Rep Kahle votes to Raise the Age for juvenile justice in Michigan

first_img25Apr Rep. Kahle votes to ‘Raise the Age’ for juvenile justice in Michigan Categories: Kahle News,News Legislation ends policy requiring 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in courtState Rep. Bronna Kahle today voted to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system.The plan was overwhelmingly approved by the Michigan House and now advances to the Senate for consideration.Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who commit the most minor offenses. Kahle said eliminating this outdated practice will help rehabilitate young offenders and reduce the likelihood of them breaking the law again in the future.“Putting teenagers who commit non-violent offenses into prisons alongside hardened adult criminals is a harmful and ineffective practice,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “We will rehabilitate more troubled teens and save taxpayer dollars by allowing 17-year-olds to be included in the juvenile system, where they will have access to crucial educational and technical training opportunities.”Including 17-year-olds in the juvenile system has been shown to reduce reoffending by 34 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control.House Bills 4133-46, 4443 and 4452 would raise the age at which individuals are considered adults for the purposes of prosecuting and adjudicating criminal offenses, allowing 17-year-olds to be treated as minors within the juvenile system in most circumstances beginning Oct. 1, 2021. Prosecutors will continue to have discretion, allowing them to waive minors who commit violent crimes into the adult system when appropriate.The measure also includes a funding plan to ensure local communities do not incur any additional costs associated with keeping 17-year-old offenders in the juvenile system, which is administered at the local level.Kahle said the reform is expected to improve public safety and save public tax dollars over time. Connecticut, Illinois and Massachusetts are among the states that have experienced millions of dollars in savings, decreases in the number of reoffending youth and declines in judicial costs after raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18.last_img read more

Google is to launch a new release of its Plex appl

first_imgGoogle is to launch a new release of its Plex application for Google TV.Plex is designed to enable users of the platform to stream their home media on the main TV screen in the home in real time and to facilitate access to online video from a variety of sources.The new release includes a new home screen with an On Deck feature to enable easier browsing of media.Viewers need to install the Plex Media Server on a PC or Mac, and tell the server where to find their home media during installation. According to Google, the server will then organise media, pull down cover art, ratings and other material useful to the browsing experience.Viewers then need to download Plex for Google TV from the Android Market, which will then scan the viewers home network and connect to the server.last_img read more

Telekom Slovenia is adding a large number of chann

first_imgTelekom Slovenia is adding a large number of channels to its SiOL TV programming line-up including, for the first time in Slovenia, BBC Knowledge, and will provide as many as 17 additional HD and five standard-definition channels services in a new upgraded Mega Pack.In addition to boosting the package with existing HD services Animal Planet HD, Dicovery HD, Food Network HD, iConcerts HD Wild TV HD, Travel HD, ESPN America HD and History HD, Telekom Slovenia will add nine new services: Fashion TV HD, Outdoor HD, Mezzo Live HD, Ginx HD, HD Motorvision, DocuBOX HD, HD FightBOX, FashionBOX HD and MTV HD.New standard definition channels in the package will include BBC Knowledge exclusively, Crime & Investigation, Jugoton, OBN and Bloomberg. The price of the package will increase by €2.50.SiOL TV will also offer Eurosport HD and Eurosport 2 HD for an additional €3, while adult channels Hustler HD, EroxHD, EroxxHD ​​and EroxxxHD will be available for €5.BBC Worldwide Channels has secured a distribution deal with Telekom Slovenia that will see BBC Knowledge air in Slovenia for the first time.The subtitled feed of BBC Knowledge will join SiOL TV’s extended basic IPTV and basic cable subscription packages on April 1 and reach more than 64,000 subscribers. The channel includes top BBC factual programming such as Stargazing and Human Planet.Slovenia becomes the fourth territory in Central and Eastern Europe to receive the channel, following launches in Romania (on RCS & RDS and Romtelecom) and Hungary (DIGI) in January; and Cyprus (Cablenet Cyprus) earlier this month.The deal also represents BBCWW Channels’ third net in Slovenia, coming after the launches of BBC World News and BBC Entertainment.BBCWW Channels, the international commercial channels arm of the BBC, will “continue feeding the appetite for BBC Knowledge in the CEE region during 2013″, according to its senior VP and general manager, Ian McDonough.last_img read more

Sky Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand ha

first_imgSky Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand have agreed a NZ$3.44 billion (€2.15 billion) merger that will see them offer content “across all platforms and devices”.Citing a “rapidly evolving media landscape” the companies said that the combined group will provide an “enhanced customer experience and greater choice of products and services” – spanning entertainment content, broadband and mobile.Vodafone will become a 51% shareholder in the combined group through the cash and share deal that has an equivalent enterprise value of NZ$3.44 billion (€2.15 billion). Sky will acquire all of the shares in Vodafone NZ through the issue of new Sky shares and a cash payment of NZ$1.25 billion, which will be funded through new debt.The new Sky shares will be issued at a price of NZ$5.40 per share, representing a 21% premium to Sky’s last closing shareprice of NZ$4.47, and the combined group will be one of the largest companies listed on the NZX Main Board market.“The merger with Vodafone is a transformational strategic step for our company. The transaction is also highly attractive to our shareholders,” said Sky chairman, Peter Macourt.Sky CEO John Fellet described the deal as a “significant and positive step” in Sky’s evolution as an entertainment company, and said the two companies are “highly complementary”.“The Combined Group will offer exciting new packages with Sky’s premium entertainment content, Vodafone NZ’s communications and digital services of the future,” said Fellet.Vodafone NZ CEO Russell Stanners said: “The merger brings together SKY’s leading sports and entertainment content with our extensive mobile and fixed networks, enabling customers to enjoy their favourite shows or follow their team wherever they are.“The combination with Sky will bring greater choice, enhanced viewing experiences and will better serve New Zealanders as demand for packaged television, internet and telecoms services increases.”News of the deal comes a day after Sky confirmed that it was in discussions with Vodafone NZ about a potential merger and follows media speculation that a deal was in the offing.News Corp divested its 44% stake in Sky Network Television, New Zealand’s leading pay TV operator, in 2013. As of the end of 2015 the company had 860,455 subscribers.Vodafone NZ claims to be New Zealand’s leading mobile and number two broadband provider with more than 2.35 million mobile connections and over 500,000 fixed-line connections.Earlier this year, Vodafone and Liberty Global agreed to merge their operations in the Netherlands, forming a 50-50 joint venture that will combine Ziggo’s fibre broadband network with Vodafone’s mobile operations.last_img read more