ERIE – As Coronavirus cases surge nationwide, Pennsylvania is now tightening restrictions loosened only weeks ago.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Wednesday bars can no longer open without also serving food, restaurants are now limited to just 25% of their indoor seating capacity and indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.
The move comes as Erie County Pennsylvania’s case total remains relatively stable. However officials say cases are rising elsewhere in the commonwealth.
State officials report the virus is now on the move, closing in northward from Florida and moving East from Ohio.
“During the past week, we have seen an unsettling climb in new COVID-19 cases,” Gov. Wolf said. “When we hit our peak on April 9, we had nearly two thousand new cases that day with other days’ cases hovering around 1,000. Medical experts looking at the trajectory we are on now are projecting that this new surge could soon eclipse the April peak. With our rapid case increases we need to act again now.”
They say the restrictions are preventative and hope in six weeks’ time schools can safely reopen after Labor Day.
A full list of the restrictions are posted here.