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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WYTV) – Announcing the state is at a “tipping point,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts on Wednesday.
The following actions are being taken with an executive order, in addition to the regulations that are already in place:
Bars and Restaurants
All businesses in the retail food services industry, including restaurants, wineries, breweries, private clubs and bars, are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales of food, as well as dine-in service in both indoor and outdoor seating areas so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, as required by the order, including:
- Prohibition from conducting operations unless the facility offers sit-down, dine-in meals or is serving take-out sales of alcoholic beverages. All service must be at a table or booth; bar service is prohibited.
- Alcohol only can be served for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal.
- Take-out sales of alcohol for the purposes of off-site consumption are permitted subject to any limitations or restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania law.
- Non-bar seating in outdoor areas (i.e. tables or counter seats that do not line up to a bar or food service area) may be used for customer seating.
- Social distancing, masking, and other mitigation measures must be employed to protect workers and patrons.
- Occupancy is limited to 25% of stated fire-code maximum occupancy for indoor dining, or 25 persons for a discrete indoor event or gathering in a restaurant. The maximum occupancy limit includes staff.
- All nightclubs, as defined by the Clean Indoor Air Act, 35 P.S. § 637.2, are prohibited from conducting operations.
Other events and gatherings
Events and gatherings must adhere to these gathering limitations:
- Indoor events and gatherings of more than 25 persons are prohibited.
- Outdoor events and gatherings of more than 250 persons are prohibited.
- The maximum occupancy limit includes staff.
- Unless not possible, all businesses are required to conduct their operations in whole or in part remotely through individual teleworking of their employees in the jurisdiction or jurisdictions in which they do business.
- Where telework is not possible, employees may conduct in-person business operations, provided that the businesses fully comply with all substantive aspects of the business safety order, the worker safety order and the masking order.
Gyms and fitness facilities
- All gyms and fitness facilities, while permitted to continue indoor operations, are directed to prioritize outdoor physical fitness activities. All activities must follow masking requirements as provided by the July 1 order and must provide for social distancing requirements of persons being at least 6 feet apart, as well as being limited by any limitations related to gatherings.
Businesses and individuals in violation of these orders could be subject to fines, business closure or other enforcement measures.
The state blamed Pennsylvanians for ignoring mask-wearing requirements and social distancing when they’re at bars and restaurants. State officials also blamed out-of-state travel and a lack of national coordination for the spread of COVID-19
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported a total of 97,665 cases of COVID-19 and 6,957 virus-related deaths on Tuesday.
That is an increase of 994 cases and 26 deaths since Tuesday
Allegheny County is reporting an increase of 246 cases and Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 135 cases. A breakdown of county cases can be found here.
The number of tests administered within the last seven days between July 8 and July 14 is 139,819 with 5,372 positive cases.
In the last day, close to 28,800 COVID-19 diagnostic test results were reported to the department, the highest one-day number of COVID-19 diagnostic test results reported.
There are 637 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 870,984 patients who have tested negative to date.
Of the patients who have tested positive to date, the age breakdown is as follows:
- 1% are ages 0-4;
- 1% are ages 5-12;
- Nearly 3% are ages 13-18;
- 8% are ages 19-24;
- 37% are ages 25-49;
- Nearly 24% are ages 50-64; and
- Nearly 26% are ages 65 or older.
Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More data is available here.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,384 resident cases of COVID-19 and 3,517 cases among employees, for a total of 21,901 at 763 distinct facilities in 57 counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,767 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.
Approximately 7,284 of the total cases are in health care workers.