Gyms, Eating places That Could Reopen As Coronavirus Restrictions Raise – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – In just a few hours, COVID-19 abatement restrictions will be reduced across the state of Pennsylvania, allowing restaurants and businesses to reopen their doors to customers.

The restrictions put in place by Governor Wolf last month expire at 8:00 a.m. on Monday.

Places like gyms and restaurants count on being able to open their doors again.

As of December 12th, restaurants have been closed or only open to take away.

Governor Wolf and Minister of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said the restrictions helped smooth the curve across the state following the surge in coronavirus cases after Thanksgiving.

For restaurants this now means that they can have 50% capacity for indoor meals if they are certified themselves.

If they are not certified themselves, they can only have a capacity of 25%.


Well, some restaurants in the area had resisted the order in the past three weeks.

Dr. Debra Bogen, Allegheny County’s health director, says legal action can be taken against her.

According to KDKA’s news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, some restaurants will be sticking out only as January is not a busy time of year for restaurants.

Fitness studios and fitness centers are used at 50%.

And it comes when people start their New Years resolutions to exercise more.

Fitness studios are urged to let their guests use their appointments and give priority to outdoor activities.

As businesses reopen, Governor Wolf is encouraging people not to protect themselves from the virus.

Only the temporary restrictions introduced on December 12th will expire. Previous provisions that were previously in force remain in place. This includes:

  • Childcare can be opened if the guidelines are observed
  • The congregation has care restrictions
  • Prison and hospital restrictions set by each institution
  • Schools subject to CDC and Commonwealth guidance.
  • Teleworking must continue unless this is impossible
  • Personally operated organizations must follow the updated business and building security requirements
  • Masks are required in companies
  • All personal businesses can be 75% busy unless otherwise noted
  • Self-certified restaurants can be 50% open for indoor dining. Restaurants that are not self-certified have a 25% capacity for indoor dining.
  • On-site alcohol consumption prohibited unless part of a meal; Take-away cocktails and take-away drinks are allowed
  • Alcohol serving for on-site consumption must end at 11 PM and all alcoholic beverages must be removed by guests by midnight
  • Personal care services (including hair salons and barber shops) are 50% open and only open by appointment
  • Indoor recreational and health facilities (such as gyms and spas) are 50% busy, and appointments are strongly recommended. Fitness facilities to prioritize outdoor activities.
  • All entertainment offers (such as casinos, theaters and museums) are used at 50%.
  • Construction at full capacity with continued implementation of the protocol.
  • Hospitals will continue to be monitored to see if electoral reductions should be ordered regionally.
  • The requirement for non-state tests remains.
  • Local governments may have stricter guidelines.
  • Assembly limits determined with the maximum occupancy calculator.
  • Face covers must be worn indoors and outdoors when you are not at home.
  • Unnecessary travel should be limited.

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