What COVID restrictions remain in place across the Delaware Valley?

The 1500-1600 block of Sansom Street in Center City is closed for outdoor dining. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The 1500-1600 block of Sansom Street in Center City is closed for outdoor dining. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

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As the pace of daily COVID-19 cases continues to decline and the number of vaccinations grows, states across the U.S. have lifted or modified restrictions on restaurants, retail stores, and other establishments.

Here’s what you need to know about remaining restrictions across the Delaware Valley.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has lifted most COVID-19 restrictions. Below is a breakdown of current mitigation efforts.

The restrictions do not apply to Philadelphia, which has its own COVID-19 mitigation measures. Municipalities and school districts, if they so choose, may continue to implement stricter restrictions.

  • Businesses: Restaurants and businesses no longer have capacity limits, but people are still required to wear masks indoors.
  • Physical distancing: Businesses are not required to follow specific distancing measures, but residents who are not vaccinated must still wear face masks indoors or “where it is difficult to maintain proper physical distancing.”
  • Face masks: Face masks are still required indoors and outdoors outside one’s home for people who are unvaccinated. Pennsylvania’s mask mandate will be lifted on Monday, June 28, or when 70% of adult residents are fully vaccinated — whichever comes first.
  • Outdoor events: Occupancy limits have been dropped.
  • Indoor events: Occupancy limits have been dropped.

Once the statewide masking order is lifted, Pennsylvania will continue to follow CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law.

The CDC requires individuals to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transit. People should also continue to follow mask guidance at workplaces, businesses, long-term care facilities, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters.

As of Wednesday, June 16, more than 11.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in Pennsylvania. According to state data, 61.1% of residents have received their first vaccine dose, and 57.8% of Pennsylvanians over age 18 are fully vaccinated.

Here’s how to sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia — whose restrictions are independent of those set by the state — has loosened most Safer-at-Home restrictions. Below is a breakdown of current mitigation efforts:

  • Face masks:
    • Face masks are no longer required indoors or outdoors for fully vaccinated people.
    • Unvaccinated people are not required to wear masks indoors, but it is recommended that they do so.
    • Settings such as schools, summer camps, certain health care institutions, public transportation, and congregate facilities still have mask mandates.
    • The city court system will continue its face mask requirement.
  • Businesses: Capacity limits and physical distancing requirements have been lifted.
  • Indoor gatherings and theaters: Capacity limits and physical distancing requirements have been lifted.
  • Outdoor gatherings and theaters:
    • Capacity limits and physical distancing requirements have been lifted.
    • Masks are no longer required.
  •  SEPTA:
    • Capacity restrictions have been lifted on public transit, though riders must continue to wear masks, in accordance with CDC guidance.

As of Monday, June 14, more than 941,964 Philadelphians have received at least one vaccine dose, with more than 744,299 residents fully vaccinated.

Like other major cities, Philadelphia is running a vaccine sweepstake to encourage more residents to get vaccinated. There will be three drawings in June and July, with $400,000 in giveaways, including cash prizes.

New Jersey

New Jersey has lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions. Below is a breakdown of current mitigation efforts.

  • Businesses:
    • Percentage capacity limits for businesses have been lifted.
    • The mandate that businesses offer telework arrangements and reduce on-site staff as much as possible has been lifted.
    • Employers in indoor worksites closed to the public may allow employees who can verify that they are vaccinated to forgo face masks and physical distancing.
  • Physical distancing: Physical distancing measures are no longer required, though businesses may choose to implement them.
  • Face masks:
    • Face masks are no longer required for vaccinated people in outdoor public spaces or indoor spaces, though businesses may still require face-coverings for employees and customers.
    • Masks will still be required in public-facing state offices, such as Motor Vehicle Commission agencies.
    • Unvaccinated people are asked to continue wearing face masks and to maintain physical distance, especially indoors.
  • Outdoor events: All capacity limits for outdoor events have been lifted.
  • Indoor events:
    • The general indoor gathering limit has been lifted.
    • The indoor gathering limit for events like memorial services, funerals, performances, and political events has been lifted.
    • The 30% capacity limit for indoor large venues with a fixed-seating capacity over 1,000 has been lifted.
  • Travel: Out-of-state travelers and residents returning to the Garden State are no longer required to quarantine upon arrival.

As of Wednesday, June 16, more than 9.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey, with more than 4.6 million New Jerseyans fully vaccinated.

Here’s how to sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey.

Delaware

Delaware has modified or eliminated several COVID-19 restrictions. Below is a breakdown of current mitigation efforts:

  • Businesses: Capacity limits have been lifted for restaurants, stores, churches, and other businesses.
  • Face masks:
    • Vaccinated people are no longer required to wear face masks indoors in most settings, unless mandated by a particular business or workplace.
    • Unvaccinated people are asked to continue wearing face masks indoors.
    • Mask-wearing is still required on public transit, planes, in schools, health care facilities, and congregate settings like prisons and homeless shelters.
    • Educators and staff in schools and child care centers are not required to wear masks when children are not present.
    • Students and school or child care staff are not required to wear masks outdoors.
  • Physical distancing: Physical distancing requirements have been lifted.
  • Indoor and outdoor events: Events over 250 people indoors and outdoors still require plan approval from DPH to ensure compliance.

As of Monday, June 14, about 68.3% of Delawareans 16 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with more than 966,000 doses administered in total.

DE Wins, a statewide incentive program, hopes to encourage more residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Gift cards, a full-ride college scholarship, and even low-digit license plate tags are among items being offered as prizes.

A new grant program is similarly helping Delaware businesses offer vaccinated residents incentives like free food or discounts.

Here’s how to sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware.

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