Wolf lifts latest COVID restrictions

The COVID-19 mitigation efforts that Gov. Tom Wolf ordered on Dec. 12 will be lifted as scheduled on Jan. 4, the governor said today. Those restrictions — the 10-person indoor and 25-person outdoor gathering limits, the bans on indoor dining, gyms, bars, entertainment facilities, and extra-curricular activities — will be gone as of 8 a.m. Monday.

Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf said those mitigation efforts “did what they were supposed to do” by lowering the case rates of the virus. He also cautioned people to remain diligent. “But we’re still not out of the woods, not by any means…All mitigation efforts that were in place before Dec. 12 will remain,” he said. Those efforts include wearing masks, gathering limits based on venue size, and limits on business capacity.

“COVID-19 is still deadly,” Wolf said, “and it poses an immense danger to our healthcare system if we allow it to get out of control.”

Wolf’s announcement comes on the heels of the vaccines released to fight the Coronavirus. He advised people that it will take a while before everyone can get the vaccine. He said it would likely be months before the general population can get vaccinated. Healthcare workers and people in long-term care facilities will go first.

Wolf's comments came during a press conference streamed over Facebook.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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