Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf imposes new restrictions on bars, restaurants, gatherings

Written by on July 15, 2020

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf imposes new restrictions on bars, restaurants, gatherings

By Jen Rehill

July 15, 2020

Pennsylvania is imposing new coronavirus restrictions in response to what Governor Tom Wolf describes as an “alarming escalation” in new cases of COVID-19. 

Governor Wolf says data from contact tracing shows a new surge is coming that could be bigger than the highest days in April. And he linked the increase to three factors, people not wearing masks and social distancing in bars and restaurants, outbreaks in other states spreading into the northeast, and a lack of national coordination.

“We’re already at a tipping point where we have to act. We don’t want to become Florida, we don’t want to become Texas, we don’t want to become Arizona. We have got to act now,” Wolf said.

Wolf stopped short of returning to a state shutdown – instead imposing new restrictions – closing nightclubs, reducing indoor restaurant seating, requiring more telework, limiting indoor gatherings to 25 people. Bars can offer drinks to go, but no indoor service. Other businesses, like daycares, gyms and salons, will remain open. 

But Wolf said that if metrics aren’t where they need to be, schools won’t reopen. 

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