Pennsylvania will be almost fully open by Memorial Day. Will New Jersey follow?

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that almost all COVID-19 restrictions will be gone in the state by Memorial Day. Wolf said that he wants to go “as fast” as he can while remaining safe. This is in contrast to New Jersey’s slower reopening plans.

News 12 Staff

May 6, 2021, 12:38 AM

Updated 1,110 days ago

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that almost all COVID-19 restrictions will be gone in the state by Memorial Day. Wolf said that he wants to go “as fast” as he can while remaining safe.
This is in contrast to New Jersey’s slower reopening plans. Gov. Phil Murphy is removing some capacity restrictions on May 19. At his Wednesday briefing he addressed if large venues can host indoor conventions.
“The answer is not a binary yes/no. It’s really the scale of the convention,” Murphy said.
The governor said that he won’t be lifting New Jersey’s mask mandate yet.
“We're not there yet. Will we be able to take that step at some point? Yes. Whether it will be because we've achieved 70% [vaccination], I can't give you a crisp answer on that,” Murphy said.
The press briefing in Trenton is just a short distance from the Pennsylvania border, where indoor dining has been at 75% since Easter.
“We finally made it to the moment of starting to reopen our Commonwealth,” Wolf said.
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Wolf also said that if Pennsylvania reaches the 70% vaccination mark, he will end the indoor mask mandate.
“We took a very measured and deliberate approach to closing the state down. We did it county by county and we have looked at different business sectors. And we have looked at that as we've reopened,” Wolf said.
Pennsylvania has about 3 million more people than New Jersey, but about triple the daily new cases of COVID-19.
“I think he’s a terrific leader and I hope they get through their challenges, as I hope we do as well,” Murphy said.
Murphy would not comment on if he would follow Wolf’s lead. He says that he keeps in touch with Wolf and Wolf’s staff.
“Even when I’m not speaking principal to principal, the chiefs in particular and commissioners of Health speak regularly,” Murphy said.
Wolf is in his second term and cannot run for a third under Pennsylvania law. Murphy is seeking his second term in November.


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