The state made the announcement without much fanfare, via a press release. We continue to make significant progress in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and as more adults in Pennsylvania get vaccinated and CDC guidance evolves, we can continue to move forward. ‘forward with our reopening efforts, ”Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said. in the statement.
As of May 31, we are lifting the COVID mitigation orders.
The masking order will be lifted when 70% of adults in Pennsylvania are fully immunized.
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The Health Department said an order requiring people to wear masks when not at home will be lifted once 70% of Pennsylvanians aged 18 and over are fully immunized. That percentage rose to nearly 42% on Tuesday, according to federal data, while 63% of those 18 and older had at least one dose.
Pennsylvania revised its masking order last week to bring it in line with new federal recommendations that fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear them outside unless they are participating in a crowded event.
The Department of Health said municipalities and school districts can continue to impose their own restrictions. And other state mandates, including the requirement that hospitals and long-term care facilities report new infections, will remain.
Tuesday’s announcement promised relief for the state’s beleaguered restaurant industry, which has been complaining about capacity restrictions for months.
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“The final schedule will give owners and operators time to plan, but for far too many businesses that have closed their doors in recent months, this announcement is too late,” said John Longstreet, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association.
Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr Thomas Farley said Tuesday afternoon that the city is aware of the plan and will review it, but as of yet is not making any changes to its COVID restrictions.
The City of Philadelphia may change state-issued COVID restrictions based on local conditions.
The following was posted by Wolf’s office on Tuesday afternoon:
The Wolf administration, in coordination with the Joint COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, today announced that mitigation orders, except for masking, will be lifted on Monday, May 31 at 12:01 am.
The current order requiring Pennsylvanians to wear masks will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians aged 18 and over are fully immunized. Masks should be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from home. According to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fully vaccinated Pennsylvanians are not required to wear a mask during certain activities.
“We continue to make significant progress in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and as more adults in Pennsylvania get vaccinated and CDC advice evolves, we can continue to move forward. ‘forward with our reopening efforts,’ said Alison, acting secretary of the Department of Health. Beam said. “I encourage Pennsylvanians to take the critical steps necessary to end this pandemic by getting vaccinated, to apply both doses if you are receiving Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, and to continue to take measures such as masking, frequent hand washing and disinfection and social distancing. . “
Requirements such as screening and new case reporting will remain in place for hospitals and long-term care facilities. Maintaining the requirements for hospitals and long-term care facilities will allow Pennsylvania to continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 while lifting other restrictions.
The Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidelines and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 security measures and procedures.
These updates will not prevent municipalities and school districts from continuing and implementing more stringent mitigation efforts.
“With millions of Pennsylvanians vaccinated, it is time to plan for a return to normalcy,” said Senator Art Haywood. Hospitalizations and deaths are on the decline. This action is today a major step forward. ”
“While the restrictions put in place at the start of the pandemic were a major source of frustration for many Pennsylvanians and businesses, it is the collaborative work of this bipartisan task force that finally allows us to roll back the restrictions and ‘get back to normal life,’ said Sen. Ryan Aument.
“I am delighted after more than a year that we are able to lift these restrictions so that we can move on to a more normal life,” said representative Tim O’Neal. “It will help grow our economy and help our small businesses that have sacrificed so much because of COVID-19. Thank you to the Pennsylvanians who chose to be vaccinated. Your efforts have helped us get to today. “
“I am proud of the progress we have made with vaccinations across Pennsylvania,” said Representative Bridget Kosierowski. “Lifting the mitigation orders on Remembrance Day and announcing that the masking orders will be lifted once 70% of Pennsylvania adults are fully immunized are all benefits of following scientific medical research and data. Many sacrifices have been made over the past year while waiting for help. . Help is now there in the form of a vaccine and we must do everything in our power to encourage everyone to get vaccinated so that we can overcome this pandemic. Let’s follow the science, because this is the way to get back to normal. “
The Governor’s Emergency Disaster Proclamation for the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place.
All Pennsylvanians aged 16 and over are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. The supplier map is available on the Department of Health website. Pennsylvanians who have questions about the immunization process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.
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