On Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced new restrictions in Pennsylvania. The restrictions took effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, and continue into early January. These include new limitations to gatherings, restaurants and school extracurricular activities.
“Each of the last two days we have reported the highest number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic,” Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “In the past week, we have reported close to 1,100 new deaths from COVID-19 across Pennsylvania.
“The virus continues to strain our health care systems and the dramatic rise in cases among all age groups, including among school-age children, is alarming. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been more than 37,500 cases among children age 5 to 18, yet 9,500 of those cases occurred in the past two weeks.”
Indoor dining, including bars and restaurants, will be prohibited. Indoor gatherings will also be limited to 10 people, with outdoor limited to 50.
Nonessential businesses will be able to remain open, except they will only be able to work at 50 percent of the maximum capacity. Entertainment and fitness facilities are an exception, and will be prohibited from operations during the shutdown. Outdoor fitness classes will be able to continue as long as they remain in accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
Grade school and high school in-person extracurriculars, including sports, will be on hold during this time. College and professional sports will be able to continue but will be prohibited from fans in attendance.
This comes after Wolf tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday. As of Friday at 2 p.m., Pennsylvania has had 470,034 positive cases and 12,235 deaths. There is no date set for when these restrictions will be lifted.
For more information on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, visit health.pa.gov.