COVID-19 Restrictions In Pa. Now Eased

Restrictions on bars and restaurants have been loosened, KDKA's Chris Hoffman reports.

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CHRIS HOFFMAN: Briana, it's a day business owners have been waiting for, to put more people in these seats at their restaurants. Today begins an easening of Governor Tom Wolf's restrictions. Let's take a look at what will be changing.

Now, indoor dining capacity, it will be increasing to 75%. Restaurants can also serve people at the bar again. They also serve drinks without food, and after last call at 11:00 PM. Other businesses, like salons, gyms, casinos, and movie theaters, can also move to 75% capacity. Indoor events can hold 25% capacity. Outdoor events, those are up to 50% capacity.

Now, this doesn't just mean you can throw caution to the wind. Health experts are still urging you to take precautions like wearing masks and being socially distant if you do head to a restaurant for Easter dinner. Now, with it being Easter, the CDC says if you're fully vaccinated, you can safely gather indoors with other fully-vaccinated people without wearing a mask. But you should still use a mask and be socially distant if you are gathering with people who are not fully vaccinated. And if you yourself are not fully vaccinated, it is recommended you stick to people that are just with your household. We have more guidance from the CDC on our website and app. Chris Hoffman, KDKA News.