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Pennsylvania – the fifth most populous U.S. state – will lift nearly all of its coronavirus restrictions at the end of May, while Illinois – the sixth most populous – is on track to lift capacity limits for businesses and activities in July.
Capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants, and indoor and outdoor gatherings in Pennsylvania will be lifted on May 31, a Memorial Day holiday.
However, the current executive order requiring residents to wear face masks will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians aged 18 and over are fully immunized, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said in a statement on Tuesday.
According to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated Monday, 41.8% of adults in Pennsylvania have completed their Covid-19 vaccination schedule, compared to 40.6% for the United States as a whole. .
“We continue to make significant progress in the fight to stop the spread of Covid-19 and as more adults in Pennsylvania get vaccinated and CDC guidance evolves, we can continue to move forward in our reopening efforts, ”Alison Beam, acting secretary of the health department, said.
Pennsylvania has averaged about 25 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 per day over the past week, according to CDC data. It 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 population.
Meanwhile, Illinois is on track to lift capacity limits on businesses and operations in July, officials said, marking a complete reopening of its economy.
The state is in phase 4 of its reopening plan, but must enter a so-called transition phase before moving on to the fifth and final stage, when all businesses are open, non-vulnerable people can return to their workplace. and most activities can resume with health. guidelines in place.
Officials said 55% of state residents over the age of 16 received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. They added that 79% of people over 65 had received their first dose, which was above the 70% threshold required by the state to enter the transition phase.
“As these parameters continue to stabilize and decline, the state may soon move into the ‘transition phase’ of Restore Illinois’ plan to reopen,” the executives said. “After a 28-day period of continued stability or decline in key Covid-19 indicators, the state would then move to phase 5, with all capacity limits lifted. The state is on track to be in phase 5 in July. “