Pennsylvania Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions on Memorial Day

Pennsylvania Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions on Memorial Day

Following its neighboring states, Pennsylvania has announced it will lift its coronavirus restrictions on Memorial Day.

However, Philadelphia will retain its own restrictions as officials there are working on their own re-opening plan, while reviewing the new state policy for further action.

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Pennsylvania’s changes mean that on May 31, bars, casinos, event venues, gyms, nightclubs, restaurants, salons, stores, theaters, sports betting in PA, and other businesses can open at 100% capacity. Crowd-size limits will be lifted on all indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Gov. Tom Wolf made the announcement easing the restrictions on Tuesday.

There are 14 land-based casinos in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Mask Requirement Remains

With the announcement, the Pennsylvania Department of Health keeps in place the requirement for residents to wear masks in compliance with state and CDC guidelines. The agency also said masks will be required until 70% of the state’s 18-and-older population is vaccinated.

According to the state, just over 50 percent of people in Pennsylvania have received at least one dose.

The news comes just after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the Garden State will fully reopen on May 19 with social distancing and mask requirements still in place. New York and Connecticut are following the same guidelines and Delaware Gov. John Carney also announced Tuesday his state will lift most restrictions by May 21.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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