HARRISBURG — A month after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf eased restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus across the state, he announced that soon all mitigation orders will expire, except for masking orders.
“What this announcement means is that on Memorial Day, life goes essentially back to normal,” said state Rep. Tim O’Neal.
Here’s what that means for you?
In-Person Dining and Alcohol Sales
- All restaurants may resume bar service, meaning alcohol service will be allowed without the purchase of food and the curfew for removing alcoholic drinks from tables will be lifted
- Dining capacity raised to 100 percent
Indoor Gatherings and Events
- In April, Pennsylvania amended the orders again to fall in line with CDC requirements, allowing fully-vaccinated people to visit mask-free with other fully vaccinated people indoors.
- Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations set forth above during religious services, these institutions are strongly encouraged to find alternative methods for worship, as in person gatherings pose a significant risk to participants at this time. While this an incredibly difficult recommendation to make, faith leaders must carefully weigh the health risks to their congregants given the immense amount of community spread of COVID-19.
>>>>> THIS is the state’s original order outlining the COVID-19 mitigation measures.
Outdoor Gatherings and Events
- Maximum occupancy limits will be eliminated
Capacity Limits for Other Businesses
- Capacity for other businesses, including gyms, casinos, theatres and malls, increased to 100 percent occupancy.
- All participants must wear face coverings in accordance with the Sec. of Health’s Updated Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings, including any subsequent amendments, and practice physical distancing requirements, until at least 70 percent of adults in Pennsylvania are vaccinated.
K-12 School Sports and Youth Sports
- All sports at K-12 public schools, nonpublic schools, private schools and club, travel, recreational, intermural, and intramural sports were allowed to resume in November, with the qualifier that athletes wear masks.
Professional and Collegiate Sports
- All professional and collegiate sports have resumed in the state of Pennsylvania, with limitations depending on the venue.
- With the May 4 announcement, changes are coming to Pirates games at PNC Park.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins were already working toward having a special section for vaccinated fans.
- A Pittsburgh Steelers spokesperson told Channel 11 they are looking forward to having fans back at Heinz Field