Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that nearly all restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 will be lifted in the state on Memorial Day.
Beginning May 31 at 12:01 a.m., restrictions on businesses and social distancing limits will be lifted. The only thing to stay among the numerous mitigation orders will be the face mask mandate. The face mask mandate will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
At last check, about 40% of Schuylkill County residents at least 16 years old have gotten a full vaccine against COVID.
Pennsylvania Lifting Nearly All COVID Restrictions on Memorial Day
To be clear, no longer will people need to be encouraged to socially distance themselves from each other. Businesses like restaurants, theaters, stadiums, shopping malls, grocery stores, and fitness centers can operate at full capacity.
The lifting of restrictions in Pennsylvania follows the lead set by neighboring blue states like New York and New Jersey.
It also comes just 2 weeks after Pennsylvania voters head to the polls in the 2021 Primary election. On the ballot is a referendum on the Governor’s powers. Voters will be choosing whether a Governor has the ability, as Tom Wolf did here, to unilaterally impose an unending Disaster Emergency order without ever having to consult the General Assembly.
While that Disaster Emergency order is still in place today, the Governor hasn’t indicated whether or not he’ll lift that on Memorial Day, too.
If voters fill in the oval next to “Yes” on Questions 1 and 2 on May 18th, it’s likely the General Assembly will vote soon afterward to end the Governor’s Disaster Emergency order on the coronavirus pandemic.
Prediction: Tom Wolf – to spare some embarrassment on May 18 – will announce greatly reduced COVID restrictions in the next week.
Pennsylvanians should #VoteYES regardless. Democrat or Republican or Libertarian or Gre … 🤪🤪🤪 … no Governor should hold that much power.
— Coal Region Canary 🐤 (@HardCoalCanary) May 3, 2021
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