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Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 shutdown lifted in Pennsylvania at 8 a.m. today

After about three weeks of shutdown because of the latest spike in COVID-19 leading up to the holidays, bars, restaurants and other food service businesses can start offering indoor service again starting today.

While a number of establishments did flout the Governor’s orders and stayed open to the holiday, most shuttered or offered takeout and delivery only to help stem the spread of the virus.

Starting today those establishments can be open at 50% dining capacity if they are self-certified in COVID-19 protocol and at 25% if they are not.

Other pre-shutdown regulations remain in place including requiring a meal with alcohol purchase and ending alcohol sales at 11 p.m.

Cocktails to go and carryout beverages are still allowed.

Any municipalities that have implemented more restrictive mitigation efforts remain in place.

Gyms, movie theaters and fitness centers are also all reopening with previous restrictions in place.

The order, which began Dec. 12, expired at 8 a.m. Monday morning.

As of Jan. 2, 661,871 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Pennsylvania.

Writer Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at swescoe@bridgetowermedia.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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