Gov. Wolf loosens restrictions, allows fans back into games

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Shane Dunlap/ Tribune Review

Fans at PPG Paints Arena cheer during a recent Penguins game. Governor Wolf announced Monday that he is revising indoor gathering limitations. Now, indoor events are allowed 15% of max occupancy.

Matthew Szymanowski, Staff Writer

On Monday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the loosening of restrictions on gatherings.

Under these new restrictions, indoor events can have 15% capacity, and outdoor events can have 20% capacity. As long as social distancing can still be applied, these new restrictions can be used for all events. However, masks must continue to be worn.

This will allow the Pirates and the Penguins to have fans for this season. The Penguins, who have not had fans since last March, will start allowing an estimated 2,800 people to attend effective immediately. The Pirates will be allowed to have around 7,500 fans once their season starts in April.

Along with the lifting of severe restrictions, Gov. Wolf is also letting out-of-state travelers enter without quarantining or a negative test.

These new rules are coming into place due to a large drop in coronavirus cases added with an estimated 14% of the population receiving part of the vaccine.

Though these new restrictions do not open up the state completely, it is encouraging to see Pennsylvania heading in the right direction.

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