Wolf issues new coronavirus restrictions on Pennsylvania indoor and outdoor crowd sizes | coronavirus

Shaniqua Juliano

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday issued new coronavirus mitigation guidance that places crowd size limits on large events and gatherings based on a sliding scale and the venue’s maximum occupancy. For instance, an outdoor venue with a maximum capacity of 2,000 or fewer people will be limited to […]

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday issued new coronavirus mitigation guidance that places crowd size limits on large events and gatherings based on a sliding scale and the venue’s maximum occupancy.

For instance, an outdoor venue with a maximum capacity of 2,000 or fewer people will be limited to 25% of its capacity, while an outdoor venue with a maximum capacity of more than 10,000 people would be limited to 15% of maximum occupancy, up to 7,500 people.

“Pennsylvanians must continue to social distance and wear masks as we prepare to fight the virus through the fall and winter,” Wolf said in a press release. “Regardless of the size of an event or gathering, those things are still imperative to stopping the spread of COVID. We know everyone has sacrificed in many ways and today’s announcement reflects a gradual adjustment to our lives as we learn how we can do things safely until we have a cure, or an effective vaccine is widely available.”

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said the state would continue to closely monitor cases and outbreaks. If case investigations and tracing show that events or gatherings are the source of an outbreak, Levine said, the state “can and will dial back these new limits.”

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