There is a light at the end of the tunnel. With more residents in Pennsylvania getting vaccinated, the Governor has decided to ease some restrictions in the state, starting on May 31st, Memorial Day.
“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,” Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said in a news statement.
Effective May 31, we are lifting COVID mitigation orders.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 4, 2021
The masking order will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated.
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This means that capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants and indoor and outdoor gatherings will stop being enforced. The mask mandate will still be in place, until 70% of the population is vaccinated. And social distancing is still required.
However, according to The Health Department, if you are fully vaccinated you do not need to wear a mask outside. But if you feel comfortable doing that, certainly do it.
The Health Department also stated that school districts and municipalities are allowed to continue their own restrictions. And many colleges are requiring their students to get vaccinated.
However, Philadelphia is still reviewing this plan and so far, does not have any plans to change their restrictions.
This is great for businesses and residents and many people will be able to get jobs.
Life is slowly getting back to normal, but with just a few restrictions.