Mitigation Orders Lifted on Memorial Day; Masking Order Once 70% of PA Adults Fully Vaccinated
On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that the Wolf administration will eliminate all COVID-19 mitigation orders except for masking on Monday, May 31 at 12:01 AM. Therefore, effective Memorial Day, restaurants, stores and other businesses can open at 100% capacity, and all crowd-size limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings will be lifted.
“With millions of Pennsylvanians getting vaccinated, it’s time to plan the transition back to normal,” said Senator Art Haywood. “Hospitalizations and deaths are down. This action today is a key step forward.”
Also, the current order requiring Pennsylvanians to wear masks will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. Face coverings are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home, excluding certain activities and circumstances in accordance with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidance.
Note: These updates will not prevent municipalities and school districts from continuing or implementing stricter mitigation efforts.
The Department of Health still recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures.
The full Press Release may be viewed here.
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