Earlier today, Governor Wolf amended his prior restrictions on capacity limitations for indoor and outdoor event spaces throughout the Commonwealth, and further eliminated all restrictions to out-of-state travel.  Specifically:

(1) The maximum occupancy limits for indoor events are now set at fifteen percent (15%) of a venue’s capacity, regardless of the venue’s size.  Previously, the maximum capacity percentage had been based on each venue’s capacity limitations, and the new order standardizes all indoor capacity limitations at 15% regardless of maximum occupancy levels.  Public health measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing must be enforced.  It is specifically noted that fifteen percent (15%) capacity is permitted only if individuals can comply with social distancing requirements while in the venue;

(2) The Order further revised the maximum occupancy limits for outdoor event spaces to a standardized twenty percent (20%) of a venue’s maximum occupancy regardless of the venue’s size.  Again, previously, maximum capacity limitations had differed based on the size of the venue with larger spaces being permitted to have larger capacities.  Similar to the restrictions on indoor venue capacity, individuals who are attending an outdoor gathering must comply with all mask-wearing and social distancing requirements and the twenty percent (20%) maximum occupancy limitation is permitted only if all individuals are able to comply with social distancing requirements;

(3) Finally, today’s Order rescinds the November, 2020 travel restrictions which required anyone over the age of 11 who entered Pennsylvania from another state to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for fourteen (14) days upon entering the state.  The Governor noted that the recission of the November, 2020 Order was based on the current downward trend of cases nationwide and the implementation of better testing and vaccination protocols.

If you have any questions regarding this Order, please contact our public sector attorneys.

Alfred C. Maiello
Alfred Maiello

Alfred C. Maiello is the founding member of MBM and has represented area school districts as solicitor for 50 years. He counsels school districts and educational institutions on leading developments in school law and guiding them through their day-to-day and long-term challenges.