PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that Pennsylvania is easing COVID-19 restrictions on crowd sizes and out-of-state travel. That means Sixers and Flyers fans could return soon to the Wells Fargo Center.
It’s now up to Philadelphia officials. They say they’re reviewing and hope to align with the new state guidance.
Wolf says indoor events are being increased and can now have 15% of maximum occupancy, regardless of the size of the space, and outdoors is being upped to 20%.
The governor is easing crowd limits because COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are down, and 14% of Pennsylvania’s population has received at least one dose of vaccine.
The Wells Fargo Center said in a statement, if the city matches the state or raises crowd restrictions, fans can return to games within days.
The city’s newly revised indoor restrictions that take effect today align with the state’s previous guidance — allowing 500 people inside, but that’s not enough for the Flyers or 76ers to have staff and fans.
Philadelphia has typically been more restrictive than the state, but officials says they’re working to come into alignment with the state.
The Wells Fargo Center has undergone what it calls a health and safety transformation, including an $11 million renovation of the HVAC system.
Wolf also announced that out-of-state travel restrictions are eliminated, removing the 14-day quarantine and testing requirements for incoming travelers.
While some state restrictions are being eased, people are still required to wear masks and follow other safety precautions, like social distancing and hand washing.