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PA lifting COVID-19 restrictions by Memorial Day, mask order to remain in effect

All restrictions related to gatherings, restaurants, and other businesses will be lifted.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state is lifting COVID-19 mitigation restrictions on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. Masking restrictions will remain in place until 70 percent of Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated.

All restrictions related to gatherings, restaurants, and other businesses will be lifted.

The Wolf administration, in coordination with the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force, made the announcement Tuesday.

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said in a news release Tuesday that Pennsylvania is making “significant progress” in the fight against COVID-19 and more people are getting vaccinated.

The Department of Health says the order requiring people to wear masks while away from home will be lifted once 70% of Pennsylvanians aged 18 and older are fully vaccinated. 

That percentage stood at nearly 42% on Tuesday.

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 Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures.