Yesterday, the Wolf Administration and the COVID-19 Vaccine Legislative Task Force announced that all mitigation orders, except for the masking order, will be lifted on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. The masking order will be lifted when 70% of eligible Pennsylvanians adults are fully vaccinated. Click here for the press release.
Restrictions that will end on May 31 include those on employers, businesses, and restaurants and include limits on social distancing, gatherings, facility capacity, restaurant dining capacity, and all remaining employee mitigation requirements. To date, the orders have not yet been amended. Furhter, the governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to remain in place.
When the mitigation orders are lifted, the Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians continue to refer to Centers for Disease Control guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures. As an aside, municipalities and school districts will have an option to continue stricter mitigation efforts for municipal property and their communities if they choose to do so.