The yellow phase began today for 12 Pennsylvania counties including Carbon. Newly reopened businesses spent the day preparing for memorial day weekend.
Even though it was dreary, it didn't stop people from walking the streets, shopping, and enjoying the outdoors. Jim Thorpe is starting to look and feel somewhat normal again.
There's no parking on Broad Street which is a sign things are coming back. Stores are open for business, but not without being safe. Regardless of the rain, people are enjoying the outdoors here, and Pocono Biking has been busy.
"We have a lot of people scheduled especially for Sunday given the weather. We have a lot of people. In fact, some of our shuttles are already sold out that are taking folks up the trail to ride back down." said Reed Confer from Pocono Biking.
Their phones are ringing non-stop, and business is coming back to Pocono Biking. Rentals for memorial day weekend are in full swing as well as their efforts to make sure their equipment is sanitized properly.
"Sit for ten minutes at least with the spray, and then what we're trying to do is, if we can, hold those bikes for 72 hours" Confer said.
And the retail shops on Broadway have customers in them after a long two months.
"Feels good to be back. I wish it wouldn't be raining. But, you know, it's the holiday weekend so we're very very excited." said Tami davenport of Wear It Again Boutique
She has people shopping the racks, but not without stopping at the sanitation station before coming in. She wants her employees and customers to feel safe during the reopening.
"We have the social distancing signs, we also have the six foot markers on the floor and plexiglass at the register." Davenport said.
And a restaurant is reinventing itself a bit so they don't miss out on the weekend's foot traffic. Stone Row eatery on Race Street turned part of their dining room into a market place with goods to go.
"Cocktails, beer, wine. We have desserts and we have food. Plus our full menu is available. you just need to call ahead for that." said owner Margaret White.
She knows this weekend is about the outdoors, so she has power salads, fruit packs, and appetizers ready to go as well as mixed drinks in mason jars to take home.
"But we know there are so many out door activities that people like to enjoy while they're here in Jim Thorpe, so they'll be able to grab something for the trail. It's easily taken"
Now more than ever, with people coming from all over, it's important to follow those CDC guidelines so we can enjoy our county again without getting sick.