Reminder: Pa. COVID orders lifted, businesses’ 100% capacity starting Monday

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Gov. Wolf and his administration are reminding all Pennsylvanians that businesses, events, and venues are allowed to return to 100% capacity starting Monday, May 31.

He also wants Pa. residents to remember that it does not mean the end to the mask mandate. The current order requiring masks for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people will stay in place until June 28, or when 70% of Pa. is fully vaccinated, whichever happens first.

“We have made great strides throughout the Commonwealth to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “As we lift mitigation orders, it is important for eligible Pennsylvanians to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting vaccinated is our best defense against this virus and ensuring individuals and their loved ones remain safe as we reopen Pennsylvania.”

Business owners in downtown Harrisburg are ready for restrictions to lift, including Zembie’s Sports Tavern owner Angelo Karagiannis.

“I’m real excited about it. There’s already a calling for people to come out. We’ve had to start lines,” Karagiannis said.

He said it’s been a tough year, but Harrisburg’s Saturday Nights in the City helped tremendously.

“Saturdays have saved us really. We all get to put our tables outside,” Karagiannis said. “We spread everybody out and then at 10:00 we fill up to capacity. When the weather was nice we could have people outside.”

He’s looking forward to the summer and a lot more foot traffic downtown.

“I’m working with my neighbors, we’re trying to get some bands here so we can have bands outside attract more people and then at 100% after that event at 10:00 when they open the road they’ll come in and fill us all up,” Karagiannis said.

The Pa. Dept. of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidelines and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 measures. Businesses, school districts, and municipalities may continue following stricter measures.

“Pennsylvanians are realizing that they have the power to stop COVID-19 and they are stepping up to get vaccinated,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. “Folks are taking the critical steps needed to put this pandemic behind us, and lifting the mitigation measures should allow people to enjoy some of the activities they missed last year.”

Want the latest on the coronavirus vaccine in Pa.? Visit abc27.com/vaccine for more information.

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