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Pennsylvania Restrictions

Pennsylvania Guidelines

On December 30, 2020, PA Governor Tom Wolf and PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced that protective mitigation efforts enacted December 12, 2020, would be lifted on January 4, 2021. ​To read the Governor's announcement in its entirety, click here.

Highlights of the restrictions effective January 4, 2021 include:

All In-person Businesses

Businesses open to the public may operate at 75% occupancy, except where noted.


  • Self-certified restaurants may open at 50% capacity for indoor dining. Restaurants that are not self-certified may open at 25% capacity for indoor dining.

  • On-premises alcohol consumption is prohibited unless it is part of a meal.

  • Serving alcohol for on-site consumption must end at 11 p.m., and all alcoholic beverages must be removed from patrons by midnight.

  • Cocktails-to-go and carryout beverages are permitted.

Personal Care Services

Hair salons and barbershops may open at 50% occupancy, by appointment only.

Indoor Recreation & Health Facilities


Gyms and spas may open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged. Fitness facilities are directed to prioritize outdoor activities.

All Entertainment Venues

Theaters, museums and casinos may open at 50% occupancy.


Limits on gatherings may be determined by using the maximum occupancy calculator.



Remote work must continue unless impossible.

Additional Safety Measures

Cleaning and social distancing requirements,  and other safety measures, continue to be required, including:

  • Masks are required to enter businesses (for customers and employees).

  • Social distancing requirements are in place (stay 6 feet apart from others).

  • Follow general health and safety rules, including frequent hand washing, as required in previous phases.

  • Telework is mandatory (unless impossible).

  • Safety measures are required for businesses, including cleaning, social distancing and masking.

  • Online sales and curbside pickup are encouraged for retail.

More Information

Guidelines for businesses open to the public


Guidelines for the restaurant industry

Please note:  Restrictions outlined above as posted on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's website. Restrictions are subject to change. For the most current information, click here.

This page was last updated on January 4, 2021.

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