Wolf Announces Further Loosening of Restrictions for Next Month as Fight Against Pandemic Continues

By Margaret Allen
As COVID-19 cases have declined and vaccination rates are climbing, Governor Tom Wolf announced yesterday the lifting of some targeted restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, as well as increased gathering limits. Effective April 4, restaurants may resume bar service; alcohol service will be allowed without the purchase of food; the curfew for removing alcoholic drinks from tables will be lifted; and indoor dining capacity will be raised to 75 percent for those restaurants that are currently self-certified and those that undergo the self-certification process, which involves agreeing to strictly comply to all public health safety guidelines and orders. Restaurants that do not self-certify may raise capacity to 50 percent. Outdoor dining, curbside pick-up and takeout are still encouraged. Requirements such as mask-wearing, and social distancing, including 6 feet between diners, also still apply. Capacity for other businesses will be increased, including moving personal services facilities, gyms and entertainment facilities including casinos, theaters, and malls to 75 percent occupancy. The governor also announced revised maximum occupancy limits for indoor events to allow for 25% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size, and maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events to allow for 50% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size.