HARRISBURG — The Wolf administration, in coordination with the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force, announced today that mitigation orders, except masking, will be lifted on Memorial Day.
The order requiring Pennsylvanians to wear masks will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated, the administration said in a news release. Face coverings are required to be worn indoors and outdoors when people are away from their homes.
In accordance with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, fully vaccinated Pennsylvanians are not required to wear a mask during certain activities, the release said. Requirements such as testing and reporting new cases will remain in place for hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Maintaining requirements for hospitals and long-term care facilities will allow Pennsylvania to continue to closely monitor COVID-19 spread while lifting other restrictions, the release said.
The Department of Health recommends Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures.
The updates, the release said, will not prevent municipalities and school districts from continuing and implementing stricter mitigation efforts.
The governor’s proclamation of disaster emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place.
“We continue to make significant progress in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19, and as more Pennsylvania adults get vaccinated and guidance from the CDC evolves, we can continue to move forward with our reopening efforts,” Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam said.
“I encourage Pennsylvanians to take the critical steps needed to put this pandemic behind us by getting vaccinated, follow through with both doses if you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, and continue to take steps like masking, frequent hand-washing, and sanitizing and social distancing.”