Gov. Wolf reminding Pennsylvanians of restrictions in place as COVID-19 cases rise

Pennsylvania’s positivity rate rises to 9.6% as cases of COVID-19 surge

PITTSBURGH — Gov. Tom Wolf is reminding Pennsylvanians of the mitigation efforts that remain in place as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

“The fall surge in cases is something we expected and were prepared for and we’ve learned a lot since the spring, but as I’ve said many times, the virus goes where it wants, we must do all that we can to ward it off and protect ourselves, our loved ones, our communities, and our health care systems,” Wolf said. “The current mitigation efforts and orders in place are more important than ever. We must unite against COVID and follow these orders.”

The following outlines current restrictions in place in Pennsylvania.:

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Businesses, work, school, child care and congregate setting restrictions

  • Child care may open, complying with guidance
  • Congregate care restrictions in place
  • Prison and hospital restrictions determined by individual facilities
  • Schools subject to CDC and commonwealth guidance
  • Telework must continue where feasible
  • Businesses with in-person operations must follow updated business and building safety requirements
  • Masks are required in businesses
  • All in person businesses may operate at 75% occupancy, except where noted
  • Construction activity may return to full capacity with continued implementation of protocol.

Social restrictions

“Decisions are made based on ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to health care, and never is it more important than those in need of treatment for COVID,” Wolf said. “Our hospitalizations continue to rise, but our system is not overwhelmed. We need to keep it that way.”

Existing orders from the state include:

  • Building safety order: For business permitted to conduct in-person operations, this order provides for proper protocols for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Worker safety order: This order from the Secretary of Health requiring certain actions to be taken by employers and their employees to protect their health and lives, the health and lives of their families, and the health and lives of the residents of the Commonwealth who depend upon their services.
  • Hospital reporting order: This order requires hospitals to make daily reports of specified data regarding supplies and equipment and an amendment to that order that changed reporting from three times per day to one time per day.
  • Hospital safety order: This order requires hospitals to implement measures to protect hospital staff and patients, including notifications for all staff when a staff member is positive, and proper provisions for PPE.
  • Universal testing order: This was put in place to ensure testing of all residents and staff of long-term care facilities in the state.
  • Long term care facilities personal protective equipment order: This order worked to ensure that all staff and residents of long-term care facilities has proper PPE and protections in place.
  • Mask wearing order: This order defines a “face covering,” how to wear one, and when one must be worn.
  • July 15 targeted mitigation order: This order placed restrictions on bars, restaurants, social clubs and indoor gatherings to help stop the spread of COVID after multiple research studies noted an increase in cases from these types of businesses.

“As Pennsylvania continues to see cases rise each day, we remain vigilant in our efforts to protect Pennsylvanians by making testing widely available and encouraging mitigation efforts that we know to be effective,” Gov. Wolf said. “I ask that all Pennsylvanians follow these orders and look out for one another so we can stop the spread.”

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