Pennsylvania to lift all COVID-19 mitigation orders except masking Memorial Day


Pennsylvania will lift all COVID-19 mitigation orders except for the masking order Memorial Day.Capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants and indoor and outdoor gatherings will go away on May 31, more than a year into the pandemic.Pennsylvania is set to lift the mask mandate when 70% of the 18 and older population is fully vaccinated or by June 28. Pennsylvania was the tenth state in the nation to reach the goal of having 70% of adults receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination.According to the CDC, as of May 29, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 58% of its entire population, and 53.5% of adults are fully vaccinated. Pennsylvania revised its masking order earlier this month to bring it in line with new federal recommendations that say fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear them outside anymore unless they’re at a crowded event.”We continue to make significant progress in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and as more Pennsylvania adults get vaccinated and guidance from the CDC evolves, we can continue to move forward with our reopening efforts,” Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam said. “I encourage Pennsylvanians to take the critical steps needed to put this pandemic behind us by getting vaccinated, follow through with both doses if you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, and continue to take steps like masking, frequent hand washing and sanitizing and social distancing.”Requirements such as testing and reporting new cases will remain in place for hospitals and long-term care facilities. Maintaining requirements for hospitals and long-term care facilities will allow Pennsylvania to continue to closely monitor COVID-19 spread while lifting other restrictions.The Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvania residents refer to CDC guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures.These updates will not prevent municipalities and school districts from continuing and implementing stricter mitigation efforts.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Pennsylvania will lift all COVID-19 mitigation orders except for the masking order Memorial Day.

Capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants and indoor and outdoor gatherings will go away on May 31, more than a year into the pandemic.

Pennsylvania is set to lift the mask mandate when 70% of the 18 and older population is fully vaccinated or by June 28. Pennsylvania was the tenth state in the nation to reach the goal of having 70% of adults receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination.

According to the CDC, as of May 29, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 58% of its entire population, and 53.5% of adults are fully vaccinated.

Pennsylvania revised its masking order earlier this month to bring it in line with new federal recommendations that say fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear them outside anymore unless they’re at a crowded event.

“We continue to make significant progress in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and as more Pennsylvania adults get vaccinated and guidance from the CDC evolves, we can continue to move forward with our reopening efforts,” Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam said. “I encourage Pennsylvanians to take the critical steps needed to put this pandemic behind us by getting vaccinated, follow through with both doses if you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, and continue to take steps like masking, frequent hand washing and sanitizing and social distancing.”

Requirements such as testing and reporting new cases will remain in place for hospitals and long-term care facilities. Maintaining requirements for hospitals and long-term care facilities will allow Pennsylvania to continue to closely monitor COVID-19 spread while lifting other restrictions.

The Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvania residents refer to CDC guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures.

These updates will not prevent municipalities and school districts from continuing and implementing stricter mitigation efforts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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