Allegheny County Eases Limit on Outdoor Gatherings
All other restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 will remain in place.
Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen announced late Friday that the limit on the number of people attending outdoor events and gatherings has been increased from 50 to 100. Social distancing and mask-wearing will still be required. The new limit takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. The ease in the restriction was credited to the decrease in COVID-19 cases in the county over the past month.
“I want to open things slowly and ease restrictions so we can watch how the virus responds,” Bogen said in a news conference Wednesday. “Any changes to limit of outdoor gatherings is not a signal that the threat from COVID-19 is any less. People can still catch the virus and spread it without knowing they have it. People, especially the elderly and vulnerable, still can get very sick and die.”
The limit on indoor gatherings of no more than 25 people remains in effect, as well as the restrictions on bars and restaurants.