State officials laid out new covid-19 mitigation efforts but stopped short of issuing a statewide stay-at-home order, instead advising Pennsylvanians to stay home and putting a one-night ban on alcohol sales Wednesday.

New orders also scale back the maximum capacity for indoor and outdoor gatherings, capping outdoor limits for the largest venues at 10% capacity up to 2,500.

The stay-at-home advisory from Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday is just that – an advisory – and is more a plea than a requirement. He asked for residents to please heed the advisory for the sake of the state’s health care system, which is currently seeing more hospitalized covid patients than at any point in the pandemic.

“As Pennsylvanians, we have a responsibility to one another, to do what we can to protect each other and preserve the life we all love in this commonwealth,” Wolf said. “For those who refuse to do their part to protect their neighbors and communities and refuse to accept that their actions have consequences that cause pain and suffering for others, we will be stepping up enforcement of all of the public health orders (the Secretary of Health) and I have put in place.” 

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