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"We're not out of the woods. No way," said Governor Wolf.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA – In less than two days, restaurants will be able to welcome customers back to their homes. Governor Tom Wolf announced that the temporary restrictions imposed in December will be lifted. While it's a step in the right direction for restaurant owners, officials say the fight against COVID-19 is not over yet.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Governor Tom Wolf and Minister of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today urged Pennsylvanians to take the next three weeks to stand together against the virus by complying with existing mitigation orders and stricter efforts announced today.

"There have been some positive signs lately: our nationwide percentage positivity rate has fallen for the second year in a row this week," said Governor Wolf at a press conference earlier this week.

He says COVID-19 cases have also plateaued.

"That means our mitigation efforts over the past few weeks have done what they had to do," he said.

However, Governor Wolf says hospital stays and deaths related to COVID-19 are still too high.

"We're not out of the woods. No way," said Governor Wolf.

The governor is reminding people that the temporary restrictions on gatherings, restaurants and gyms may be lifted on Monday morning. However, he says mitigation efforts are still necessary and will remain in place.

"All reduction orders issued before December 12th remain in effect," said Wolf. "What remains are: requirements for wearing masks that persist, limits based on the size of the venue that remain, the capacity limits for companies that remain and the restaurant's self-certification."

Self-certified restaurants can open their doors for indoor dining at 50% capacity. those who didn't should stick to 25%. People can only drink alcohol if it is part of a meal, and the last drinks must be served by 11 p.m. Hair salons, barbershop, casinos, theaters, museums, and gyms can be 50% open.

"If we get complacent and the case numbers rise again, the danger to our communities for our families will return with quick and fatal consequences," warned Governor Wolf.

Regarding the wearing of masks, the governor says face covering is still required indoors and outdoors when you are not home. The temporary restrictions will be lifted at 8 a.m. on Monday.

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