Capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants and indoor and outdoor gatherings will disappear on May 31, more than a year into the pandemic.
The state announced with little fanfare via press release.
“We continue to make significant progress in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19, and as more Pennsylvania adults are vaccinated and guidance from the CDC develops, we can continue to make our reopening efforts,” said acting Health Secretary Alison Beam. in the statement.
The health department said an order requiring people to wear masks when they are away from home will be revoked when 70% of Pennsylvanias aged 1
Pennsylvania revised its masking order last week to bring it in line with new federal recommendations that say fully vaccinated people should no longer carry them outside unless they are at a crowded event.
The health department said municipalities and school districts can continue to impose their own restrictions. And other government mandates, including a requirement for hospitals and long-term care facilities to report new infections, remain.
Tuesday’s announcement promised relief for the state’s besieged restaurant industry, which has been complaining about capacity restrictions for several months.
“The final timeline gives owners and operators time to plan, but for far too many businesses closing over the past few months, this announcement is too late,” said John Longstreet, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association.
Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said Tuesday afternoon that the city is aware of this plan and will review but is not currently making any changes to its COVID restrictions.
The City of Philadelphia may change COVID restrictions issued by the state based on local conditions.
From 31 May, we will lift COVID mitigation orders.
The masking order is revoked when 70% of adults in Pennsylvania are fully vaccinated.
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The following were released by Wolf’s office on Tuesday afternoon:
The Wolf administration, in coordination with the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force, announced today that mitigation orders other than masking will be revoked on Memorial Day Monday, May 31st at. 12:01.
The current order for Pennsylvanians to wear masks is repealed when 70% of Pennsylvania residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated. Facial clothing should be worn indoors and outdoors if you are not at home. In accordance with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, fully vaccinated Pennsylvanians are not required to wear a mask during certain activities.
“We continue to make significant progress in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19, and as more Pennsylvania adults are vaccinated and guidance from the CDC develops, we can continue to make our reopening efforts,” the Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison said the bar. “I urge Pennsylvaniaers to take the critical steps necessary to put this pandemic behind us by being vaccinated, follow up on both doses if you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, and continue to take steps such as masking. , frequent hand washing and disinfection and social distance. “
Requirements such as testing and reporting new cases remain in place for hospitals and long-term care facilities. Maintaining requirements for hospitals and long-term care facilities allows Pennsylvania to continue to closely monitor COVID-19 proliferation while others are lifted.
The Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety precautions and procedures.
These updates do not prevent municipalities and school districts from continuing and implementing stricter mitigation efforts.
“With millions of Pennsylvanians being vaccinated, it’s time to plan the transition back to normal,” said Senator Art Haywood. Admissions and deaths are down. This action today is an important step forward. “
“Although the restrictions imposed at the start of the pandemic have been a major source of frustration for many Pennsylvania residents and businesses, it is the collaboration with this two-party task force that allows us to finally roll back the restrictions and get back to the normal life, “said Senator Ryan Aument.
“I am excited after more than a year that we are able to lift these restrictions so we can move on to a more normal life,” the rep said. Tim O’Neal. “This will help grow our economy and help our small businesses that have sacrificed so much because of COVID-19. Thank you to the Pennsylvanians who have chosen to be vaccinated. Your efforts have helped us reach today. . “
“I am proud of the progress we have made with vaccinations throughout Pennsylvania,” the rep said. Bridget Kosierowski. “Cancellation of mitigation orders on Memorial Day and announcement that masking orders will be revoked when 70 percent of Pennsylvania’s adults are fully vaccinated are all benefits of following scientific medical research and data. Many victims had been brought in the past year, while we were waiting for help.The help is now here in the form of a vaccine and we must do everything we can to encourage everyone to receive their vaccination so we can overcome this pandemic.Let’s follow the science, for it is the way for us all to return to normalcy. “
The governor’s declaration of disaster relief for the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place.
All Pennsylvania residents aged 16 and over are eligible to plan a COVID-19 vaccine. The provider card is available on the Department of Health website. Pennsylvania residents with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.
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