Pennsylvania – the fifth most populous state in the United States – will remove almost all restrictions on the coronavirus in late May, while Illinois – the sixth most populous – is on track to lift limits on business capacity and activities in July.
Capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants and indoor and outdoor meetings in Pennsylvania will be removed on May 31, Memorial Day holiday.
However, the current executive order requiring residents to wear face coverings will be lifted when 70 percent of Pennsylvania citizens aged 18 and over are fully vaccinated, Governor Tom Wolf’s government said in a statement on Tuesday.
According to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated on Monday, 41.8 percent of Pennsylvania adults completed their Covid-19 vaccine regimens, compared with 40.6 percent in total. U.S.
“We continue to make significant progress in the fight to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and as more adults in Pennsylvania are vaccinated and the CDC’s guidance evolves, we can continue to advance in our reopening efforts,” Alison Beam, acting department secretary health, he said.
Pennsylvania had an average of about 25 new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 per day last week, according to data from the CDC. This is the fourth highest rate in the United States, after Michigan, Colorado and Minnesota, and compares to a seven-day national average of about 15 new cases per 100,000 people.
Meanwhile, Illinois is on track to raise limits on business and activity capacity in July, officials announced, marking a full reopening of its economy.
The state is in Phase 4 of its reopening plan, but must enter the so-called Bridge Phase before moving on to the fifth and final phase, when all businesses are open, non-vulnerable individuals can return to workplaces and most activities can be resumed with health guidelines in place.
Authorities said 55 percent of residents in the state over the age of 16 received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. They added that 79 percent of individuals over the age of 65 received their first dose, which was above the 70 percent limit required by the state to move to the Bridge Phase.
“As these metrics continue to stabilize and decline, the state may soon move into the ‘Bridge Phase’ of the Illinois Restoration Reopening Plan,” said the leaders. “After a 28-day period of continuous stability or decline in key metrics at Covid-19, the state would move to Phase 5, with all capacity limits suspended. The state is on track to enter Phase 5 in July. ”