Both indoor and outdoor events and gatherings will be able to increase their maximum occupancy limits beginning Monday, May 17.
The Wolf Administration announced on Tuesday that maximum occupancy limits will be increased from 25% to 50% for indoor events and gatherings and from 50% to 75% for outdoor events and gatherings.
The loosening of occupancy limits is a direct response to more Pennsylvanians getting vaccinated as well as evolving guidance from the CDC, said Gov. Tom Wolf.
“We recognize the significant strain businesses have faced during COVID-19 mitigation efforts,” Wolf said. “Throughout the last year and half, we have seen businesses continue to put the safety of their patrons first and I believe they will continue to do so even with this capacity increase.”
Events and gatherings include fairs, festivals, concerts or shows and groupings that occur within larger, more permanent businesses such as amusement parks, business meetings and more.
Face coverings are still expected to be worn indoors and outdoors and businesses and venues can implement stricter mitigation efforts if they wish to.
Wolf announced last week that Pennsylvania will lift all COVID-19 restrictions, except the order to wear a mask in public, on Memorial Day.
Pennsylvanians will continue to be required to wear masks until 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated, according to the commonwealth.