Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced during a Wednesday afternoon news conference that the additional restrictions imposed almost three weeks ago to fight the pandemic will expire as expected on Monday morning. Wolf said the temporary measures enacted Dec. 12 would not be extended.
Wolf´s restrictions temporarily banned indoor dining at restaurants, closed gyms, theaters and casinos, and halted school sports and other extracurricular activities in response to the worsening pandemic.
As informed in a report by 8 WGAL those restrictions will end at 8 a.m. Monday.
“Our mitigation efforts over the past several weeks are working, and I thank everyone who abided by the restrictions put in place to protect us. Every time we make a small decision to avoid risk, or take steps to make our actions a little bit less risky, we are helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” Wolf said.
However, the Governor warned that this implies a relaxing attitude. “This does not mean that we’re out of the woods, not by any means. We still have significant mitigation efforts in place,” Wolf said.
Other restrictions remain
Wolf said other restrictions enacted before Dec. 12 will remain in effect, including mask-wearing requirements, gathering limits based on venue size, business capacity limits and restaurant self-certification.
“We need to continue to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 because if we get complacent and let case numbers begin to go back up, the danger to our communities, to our families, to our health care system will return with swift and deadly consequences. We have to continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth closely in the coming weeks,” Wolf said.