Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Pennsylvania will be lifting all Covid-19 mitigation orders effective May 31st. The order pertaining to masks will be lifted when 70% of adults in the state are fully vaccinated. Currently, 50% of Pennsylvanians have received at least one dose and 32.2% are fully vaccinated.
John Longstreet, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, released a statement in response:
The PRLA welcomes Governor Wolf’s announcement to loosen mitigation standards as vaccination rates continue to rise and positive cases decline. Health and safety have always been a cornerstone of the hospitality industry. Over the last year, business owners and employees have adhered to the strictest standards to protect guests and each other. The definitive timeline will allow owners and operators time to plan, but for far too many businesses who shuttered over the last few months, this announcement is too late. As a major economic driver throughout the Commonwealth, the hospitality industry needs further support to regain a sense of normalcy to attract its workforce, retain a consistent customer base and meet ever-changing mitigation standards.
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