Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Authorities in Pennsylvania, US, issue updated coronavirus disease travel advisory list as of Sept. 1, maintain other restrictions.

Alert Begins 01 Sep 2020 05:55 PM UTC
Alert Expires 15 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Pennsylvania (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel restrictions, business disruptions

Summary
As of Sept. 1, authorities in Pennsylvania have released an updated travel advisory list as part of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Travelers arriving from states or territories on Pennsylvania's travel advisory list are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

As of Sept. 1, the list includes the following states and territories:

 

  • Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. Officials in Philadelphia County also urge any travelers from those states to self-quarantine, as well as anyone entering the county from Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina

 


Other restrictions remain in place statewide. Restaurants and bars can offer indoor services at a limited 25-percent capacity or maximum of 25 people, to include staff. All clients must be seated. All nightclubs must remain closed until further notice. Indoor events of more than 25 people and outdoor events of more than 250 people remain banned. Businesses with work-from-home capabilities must allow employees to work remotely. Gyms and fitness centers may continue indoor operations but must prioritize outdoor fitness activities.

Retail stores can operate at a limited 75-percent capacity; personal care businesses and indoor entertainment venues may operate at 50-percent capacity. Local officials maintain the authority to tighten restrictions if they consider it necessary. Additional local business restrictions and limitations on public gatherings remain in force in Allegheny and Philadelphia counties.

All residents and visitors must wear protective face coverings while in indoor public locations, as well as outdoor settings or whenever social-distancing measures are not possible. All businesses open for in-person services must comply with strict social distancing and hygiene mandates. Most outdoor recreational facilities are permitted to operate.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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