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Columbia County reopens in yellow

The county is one of five in our area that moved to the governor's yellow phase on Friday.

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — There are "open" signs on many of the businesses on Main Street in Bloomsburg for the first time in more than two months.

Rose Neiderhiser owns Kids Stuff which sells children's clothing. She and many other businesses were forced to closed in mid-March. Rose is happy to be back.

"It feels really good. I love my customers and their children and not being able to see them has been very trying."

Under the governor's yellow phase, shoppers are allowed to be inside businesses once again. Many businesses are allowed to reopen their doors, including retail stores, child care facilities, car dealerships and more.

"I know that when we get more than double digits of people in here, it seems a little crowded so we're limiting it to ten at a time," said Nick McGaw, who owns Endless Records. He is cautiously optimistic about reopening.

"Conditionally happy. It's a little worrisome. We didn't know what it was going to be like."

People must wear masks inside the stores and many places have hand sanitizer available for customers. Despite the restrictions, many people are glad to see stores open again.

"I'm not an online shopper and my kids' birthdays are coming up so I'm trying to get things squared away for that and helping out local communities and things like that," said Bloomsburg resident C.J. Franklin.

Joining Columbia County moving to the yellow phase are Carbon, Susquehanna, Wyoming, and Wayne Counties.

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