Out-Of-State Travel Restrictions Terminated; Mitigation Order Revised

Today, March 1, 2021, Governor Wolf announced changes to existing Orders with respect to Travel Restrictions, Events and Gatherings, and Quarantines for Vaccinated Persons. 

With respect to the Travel Restrictions, generally requiring a person to obtain a negative COVID-19 test or to quarantine upon returning to Pennsylvania from out of state, Governor Wolf terminated the Order.  The prior travel restrictions are no longer in effect.

Regarding events and gatherings, the Commonwealth has revised the occupancy limits for indoor and outdoor events.  The revised occupancy limit for indoor events is 15% of the building’s maximum occupancy limit, regardless of venue size.  For outdoor events, the revised limit is 20% of the maximum occupancy limit, regardless of venue size.  If an outdoor event venue does not have an NFPA code capacity, then the occupancy rate is 67 people per 1,000 square feet.  For both indoor and outdoor events, the occupancy is permitted only if persons are able to comply with 6-foot social distancing requirements. 

Matching revised CDC guidance, the Pennsylvania Department of Health amended its quarantine guidance with respect to vaccinated individuals.  Generally, if a person has a close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, he or she must quarantine.  However, if the person is (1) fully vaccinated, (2) within three months of receipt of the last vaccine dose, and (3) has remained asymptomatic since exposure, the person does not have to quarantine.  “Fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks has past since receipt of the second dose of a two-dose vaccine course (i.e. Pfizer or Moderna), or the only dose of a single-dose vaccine course (i.e. Johnson & Johnson). 

Please contact a MacDonald Illig attorney if you have any questions regarding the new COVID-19 Orders.