Some States Going Back to Normal as Wolf Tries to Stretch Out the Pandemic
Pennsylvania is not going back to “normal” by any stretch, at least not any time soon.
Yes, on Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that some COVID-related restrictions are being lifted:
- Indoor venues can invite up to 15% of their allowed capacity.
- For outdoor venues, it’s 20%.
- And out-of-state travel restrictions and rules requiring testing or quarantines are now lifted.
“Pennsylvania is taking a measured approach to revising or lifting mitigation orders,” Wolf says in a statement. “The reason we are seeing cases drop can be attributed, in part, to people following the mitigation efforts we have in place. Mask-wearing, social distancing and hand hygiene are making a difference and need to continue even as we see more and more people fully vaccinated.”
Pennsylvania Eases Coronavirus Restrictions on Venue Capacity, Out-of-State Travel
While some seem pleased with this crawl back toward normal, these measures pale in comparison to what other states are doing.
On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the Lone Star State was going 100% back to normal. Businesses will fully reopen and the state is lifting its mask mandate a little later this month. Mississippi is doing the same thing.
In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine said recently that the state would allow proms, festivals and other large events to take place. For sports teams in Ohio, indoor arenas can fill up to 25% of capacity and 30% for outdoors events.
But that’s not Pennsylvania. Not by a long shot. So, what are people celebrating?
Remember, Wolf said we wouldn’t be returning to normal as we knew it at the start of the pandemic. We were on a path to a “new normal” despite the promise initially that we only needed 2 weeks to slow the spread.
It seems that some states are on a path to return to normal and others, like us here in Pennsylvania, are headed to somewhere unknown and unnecessarily.
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