Summary
Authorities in Pennsylvania have released an updated travel advisory list as part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Oct. 16. Travelers arriving from states or territories on Pennsylvania's travel advisory list are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. Per the most recent update, no states have been added to the list; however,Texas has been removed.

As of Oct. 16, the list includes the following states and territories:

 

  • Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

 


Officials in Philadelphia County also urge any travelers entering the county from Delaware, Louisiana, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, and Texas, in addition to those locations on the statewide list, to self-quarantine.

Across Pennsylvania other restrictions remain unchanged. Restaurants may operate at 50-percent capacity, although they must cease alcohol sales by 2300. All nightclubs 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 75-percent capacity; personal care businesses and indoor entertainment venues may operate at 50-percent capacity. Local officials have 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 is 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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