At 12:01 a.m. Memorial Day on Monday, the state lifted all restrictions on COVID-19, except for masking.
For the first time since March 2020, there will be no capacity or distance limits at restaurants, businesses, offices or other locations in Pennsylvania such as bars, stores, lounges, gyms, theaters or nightclub.
The change means all businesses can open their doors to as many people as they want at 100% capacity, and crowd size limits will be lifted for all indoor and outdoor gatherings.
The Wolf administration’s current order requiring masks for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals remains in effect until June 28 or when 70% of Pennsylvanians aged 18 and over receive their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine, depending on the date. comes first.
“We have made great strides across the Commonwealth to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Governor Tom Wolf said of easing restrictions.
The cleaning, sanitation and distancing warrants for business owners will also be lifted, although the Department of Health encourages all to follow CDC guidelines. Schools will no longer be required to report their coronavirus prevention measures to the state, either.
The Department of Health also said in mid-May that fully vaccinated Pennsylvanians could stop wearing masks indoors “in most situations”. This was in line with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which still require masks on public transportation and health care facilities like nursing homes.
“As we lift the mitigation orders, it is important that eligible Pennsylvanians receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” Wolf said. “Getting vaccinated is our best defense against this virus and ensuring that individuals and their loved ones stay safe as we reopen Pennsylvania.”