All casinos in the state of Pennsylvania are set to return to full capacity by Memorial Day on May 31.
US.- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has confirmed that all Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted in the state, except for the obligation to wear facemasks in public on Memorial Day, May 31.
All Pennsylvania casinos will be allowed to open at 100 per cent capacity, along with bars and restaurants.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health said that the regulation requiring masks to be worn outdoors will be lifted when 70 per cent of people over 18 are fully vaccinated.
The coronavirus pandemic had a devastating effect on the gaming industry, affecting 20,000 casino employees in the state as well as casino revenue and tax takings.
After previous lockdowns, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board ordered those casinos that remained open to close again in mid-March. Restrictions were only eased on April 4.
Department of Health acting secretary Alison Beam said: “We continue to make significant progress in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and as more Pennsylvania adults get vaccinated and guidance from the CDC evolves, we can continue to move forward with our reopening efforts.
“I encourage Pennsylvanians to take the critical steps needed to put this pandemic behind us by getting vaccinated, follow through with both doses if you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, and continue to take steps like masking, frequent hand washing and sanitizing and social distancing.”