Pennsylvania is the newest state to relax targeted limitations on restaurants and other enterprises, as well as raise meeting quotas.
Following the lead of neighbouring states such as New Jersey and New York, which have implemented similar policies, space limits for casinos, hotels, gyms, entertainment centres, theatres, and malls will be expanded to 75 percent of capacity on Sunday, April 4th.
In addition, updated annual capacity limits for indoor activities will allow for a 25 percentage increase regardless of venue size, while outdoor events will allow for a 50 percentage increase regardless of venue size.
Restaurants who are now self-certified and those that undergo the self-certification process will see their indoor dining capability increased. Self-certification entails pledging to strictly follow all public health compliance standards and directives, including maintenance and prevention procedures and other organisational criteria.
Restaurants that do not self-certify can increase their ability to 50 percent. At the moment, restaurants that certify are entitled to 50 percent occupancy, and those that do not are limited to 25 percent.
Governor Tom Wolf said: “Pennsylvanians have stepped up and done their part of help curb the spread of COVID-19. Our case counts continue to go down, hospitalisations are declining, and the percent positivity rate gets lower every week – all very positive signs.
“The number of people getting vaccinated increases daily and we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. It’s time to allow our restaurants, bars and other service businesses to get back to more normal operations.”
Safety measures still in place
Mask-wearing, social distancing, including a six-foot distance from diners, and company obedience to all safety orders are also needed.
Wold added: “We’ve come so far and now is not the time to stop the safety measures we have in place to protect ourselves, our families and our communities. Keep wearing a mask, social distancing, and, please, get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”
As of today indoor dining capacity in New Jersey will rise from 35 percent to 50 percent , with a tighter 50 percentage limit in place on casino floors.