Wolf administration revises crowd limits for events in Pennsylvania, lifts out-of-state travel restrictions

HARRISBURG, Pa. —
The Wolf administration has announced revised and lifted mitigation restrictions that are effective Monday in Pennsylvania.

According to a news release, the updates are as follows:

Revised maximum occupancy limits for indoor events to allow for 15% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures such as face covering, social distancing and hand hygiene still must be enforced. The 15% of maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.

Revised maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events to allow for 20% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures such as face covering, social distancing and hand hygiene still must be enforced. The 20% of maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.

Eliminated out-of-state travel restrictions. Since November, the Department of Health required anyone over age 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. This order has been rescinded. The current downward trend of cases nationwide and implementation of testing requirements and universal face covering on public transportation and transportation hubs are reducing the risk that interstate travel is a vector of disease transmission.
Officials said a broad range of data was considered when lifting additional restrictions, including:

Percent of population receiving at least one dose of vaccine.
Percent positivity.
The incidence rate per 100,000 residents.
Hospital bed capacity.
The acting secretary of health’s revised order on gatherings can be found here.

The order rescinding travel restrictions can be found here.

Frequently asked questions about the mitigation order changes can be found here.