Pennsylvania will lift COVID mitigation orders on Memorial Day but mask requirements stay

Written by on May 4, 2021

Pennsylvania will lift COVID mitigation orders on Memorial Day but mask requirements stay 

By Tyler Pratt

May 4, 2021

Pennsylvania will lift COVID mitigation orders on May 31, Memorial Day. But mask requirements will stay in place until a lot more people are vaccinated. 

At a minute after midnight on the last day of this month bars, restaurants and indoor and outdoor gatherings can return to full capacity. But Gov. Tom Wolf says masking mandates are here to stay until 70% of Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated. 

Right now that number is just under 30 percent, according to Pennsylvania Department of Health data. 

In the commonwealth that means masks still need to be on when you are in indoor public settings, like grocery stores and outside too when you can’t keep a safe distance from other people. 

Nearby, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are also easing many restrictions on businesses on May 19, but masking will still be in effect there as well. 

This week’s news comes almost 14 months to the day the first cases of COVID showed up in Pennsylvania.

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