Wolf Administration Lifts Travel Restrictions, Loosens Gathering Limitations

By Margaret Allen
COVID-19 cases continue to decline and the state’s vaccination plan is increasing, with that the Wolf Administration announced revised and lifted mitigation restrictions that took effect statewide yesterday. They include: indoor events to allow 15% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures such as face covering (mask-wearing), social distancing, and hand hygiene still must be enforced. Outdoor events to allow 20% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size, and the elimination of out of state travel restrictions. In November, the Department of Health provided an updated travel order requiring anyone over the age of 11 who visits from another state to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in a travel quarantine for 14 days upon entering Pennsylvania. Yesterday, this order was rescinded.
Along with these changes, there is caution. Reduced cases, hospitalizations and deaths, and the more than 2.3 million vaccinations are good signs, but the CDC advises that now is not the time to introduce expansive loosening of mitigation efforts known to put people at more risk. New cases of variants continue to appear, and some experts warn of a fourth surge in cases.