Wolf administration to lift mitigation orders, except masking, on Memorial Day
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Updated: 1:57 PM EDT May 4, 2021

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration announced Tuesday that COVID-19 mitigation orders, except masking, will be lifted on Memorial Day, which is May 31.The order requiring Pennsylvanians to wear masks will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated, the administration said. Face coverings are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home. In accordance with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, 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 Pennsylvania adults get vaccinated and guidance from the CDC evolves, we can continue to move forward with our reopening efforts,” ​Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam said in a news release. “I encourage Pennsylvanians to take the critical steps needed to put this pandemic behind us by getting vaccinated, follow through with both doses if you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, and continue to take steps like masking, frequent hand washing and sanitizing and social distancing.”The Wolf administration said requirements such as testing and reporting ​new cases will remain in place for hospitals and long-term care facilities. Maintaining those requirements wi​ll allow Pennsylvania to continue to closely monitor COVID-19 spread while lifting other restrictions, according to state officials.The Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidance regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures.These updates will not prevent municipalities and school districts from ​continuing and implementing stricter mitigation efforts, officials said.The governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration announced Tuesday that COVID-19 mitigation orders, except masking, will be lifted on Memorial Day, which is May 31.The order requiring Pennsylvanians to wear masks will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated, the administration said.
Face coverings are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home. In accordance with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, 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 Pennsylvania adults get vaccinated and guidance from the CDC evolves, we can continue to move forward with our reopening efforts,” ​Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam said in a news release. “I encourage Pennsylvanians to take the critical steps needed to put this pandemic behind us by getting vaccinated, follow through with both doses if you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, and continue to take steps like masking, frequent hand washing and sanitizing and social distancing.”The Wolf administration said requirements such as testing and reporting ​new cases will remain in place for hospitals and long-term care facilities. Maintaining those requirements wi​ll allow Pennsylvania to continue to closely monitor COVID-19 spread while lifting other restrictions, according to state officials.The Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidance regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures.

These updates will not prevent municipalities and school districts from ​continuing and implementing stricter mitigation efforts, officials said.The governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place.