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Some State Business Restrictions Are Now Lifted

April 4th, 2021

Pennsylvania has lifted some restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, and is increasing some gathering limits. 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. That involves agreeing to comply with public health safety guidelines and orders, including the cleaning and mitigation protocols and other operational requirements. Those 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 six feet between diners, also still apply. Capacity for other businesses also will be increased, including 75 percent occupancy for personal services facilities, gyms and entertainment facilities such as theaters and malls. Revised limits for indoor events allow for 25 percent of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. New limits for outdoor events allow for 50 percent of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the six-foot physical distancing requirement.

Pennsylvania has also reduced the six-foot social distancing rule for students in many schools to three feet and lessened the length of time schools must close after COVID-19 outbreaks. The shift in school guidance comes as more Pennsylvania schools eye a return to more in-person classes.

Gov. Tom Wolf cautioned that mask-wearing, social distancing and business adherence to safety orders are still imperative: “We’ve come so far and now is not the time to stop the safety measures we have in place to protect ourselves, our families and our communities. Keep wearing a mask, social distancing and, please, get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”

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