Gov. Wolf Announces Major Changes To COVID-19 Restrictions In Pennsylvania

By Jason Hall

March 15, 2021

Governor Tom Wolf announced the state of Pennsylvania plans to lift several restrictions on businesses and gatherings.

The Keystone State will now allow restaurants to resume bar service; alcohol can be purchased without food; the curfew for removing alcoholic drinks from tables will be lifted; and indoor dining capacity will be increased to 75% for restaurants that have self-certified and undergone the self-certification process effective April 4, WPXI reports.

Restaurants that have not self-certified are now allowed to raise capacity to 50%. The state of Pennsylvania is still encouraging outdoor dining, curbside pick-up and takeout options in an effort to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Restaurants are also required to continue following CDC guidelines for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic including mask-wearing and social distancing of at least 6-feet between tables.

Other businesses that are now allowed to increase capacity to 75% including gyms, casinos, theaters and malls others.

Indoor events will be increased to 25% and maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events to allow for 50% of maximum occupancy, both regardless of venue size, WPXI reports.

Earlier this month, Gov. Wolf announced his decision to lift out-of-state travel restrictions and revised mitigation orders on gatherings in Pennsylvania amid a decline in COVID-19 cases and rise in vaccinations.

The decision allowed the Pittsburgh Penguins to host limited attendance at PPG Paints Arena as part of his revised COVID-19 restrictions for the state of Pennsylvania.

The Penguins are allowed to host fans at 15% capacity, or a total attendance of 2,800, for their 20 remaining home games, according to a news release on their official website.

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