Governor Wolf Outlines Updated Coronavirus Mitigation Guidelines
During a press conference Wednesday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf outlined a slew of updated guidelines his administration will enforce to continue combatting the coronavirus.
The updated guidelines will be enforced statewide, including in Centre County, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 16.
Pennsylvania will reduce all indoor dining to 25% capacity and reserve alcohol consumption for sit-down meals and carry-out only. Nightclubs are also prohibited from conducting operations. Currently, establishments are allowed to fill up to 50% occupancy.
Additionally, Wolf’s administration will limit outdoor gatherings to 250 people and indoor gatherings to 25 people. The state will continue imploring workers to work from home when possible.
Wolf’s updated guidelines come as coronavirus case numbers continue to rise both in Pennsylvania and across the country. According to researchers, coronavirus cases peaked in the state on April 9. However, Wolf hopes numbers continue to stay down through new mitigation efforts.
“If we don’t act now, medical experts are projecting that this new surge in cases could soon eclipse the peak in April,” Wolf wrote on Twitter. “These [coronavirus] restrictions worked during the first wave in the spring, and they will work again if we all do our part.”
Earlier this month, Wolf announced mask-wearing would be mandatory in all public spaces statewide, including in Centre County. Both Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said a lack of mask-wearing has likely contributed to rising case numbers statewide.
To date, Centre County has reported 262 positive cases of the coronavirus and eight deaths since March. Over the past two weeks, the county has added 57 positive cases to its total.
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