The Wolf administration is easing Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 restrictions on interstate travel and event capacities, but urging continued mask-wearing and other safe practices against the coronavirus and its variants.
Here is what is changing:
What was in place: Since November, visitors from other states were told to have a recent negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 14 days after entering Pennsylvania. This followed months of state-by-state advisories.
What’s happening now: All travel restrictions are lifted. The national downward trend in cases, testing requirements and face coverings required on public transport have reduced interstate travel as a risk for disease transmission, the administration said in a news release.
What was in place: Since January, outdoor venues were restricted to 5% to 15% occupancy.
What’s happening now: Up to 20% occupancy is allowed at outdoor venues where six-foot distancing can be observed. Masks are still required.
What was in place: Since January, smaller indoor venues were limited to 10% capacity and larger ones capped at 500 people.
What’s happening now: Up to 15% capacity is allowed at indoor venues where six-foot distancing can be observed. Masks are still required.
“There is light at the end of the tunnel. COVID-19 cases are on the decline, and more are being vaccinated,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in tweets announcing the revised orders on Monday.
Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the decline statewide, now closer in rates to the first peak last spring than the deadly highs seen in December and January, as more Pennsylvanians get vaccinated. Health officials say residents should continue to wear masks and stay socially distant to prevent the spread of the pandemic virus.
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