Upcoming Changes to Mitigation

Effective May 31, 2021, Pennsylvania is lifting COVID mitigation orders. The masking order will be lifted on June 28 or when 70 percent of adults get their second dose of vaccine, whichever comes first.

The Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures. More information about this announcement.

Can I travel in PA?

Mask Wearing

The masking order will be lifted on June 28 or when 70 percent of adults get their second dose of vaccine, whichever comes first.

When visiting Pennsylvania, masks are required for anyone over the age of two. You must also wear a mask when you go into a PA business. If you are visiting an outdoor destination in Pennsylvania, you must wear a mask if you are not able to remain socially distant (at least 6 feet away) from someone that you are not traveling with.

You do not have to wear a mask if you have a disability, medical, or mental health condition that does not allow you to do so.

What precautions should I take when traveling to PA?

  • According to the CDC, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. There are several CDC considerations to take before traveling.
  • If you travel, protect yourself and others during your trip: 
    • Clean your hands often.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with others.
      • Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
      • Avoiding close contact is especially important if you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
    • Wear a cloth face covering in public.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • For more travel guidance, go to the Pennsylvania Department of Health - Travelers.

What outdoor activities are open in PA? What state parks are open?

  • As of May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately-owned campgrounds have reopened statewide, while still prioritizing public health and safety. All DCNR (PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) lands including trails, lakes, rivers, streams, forests, roads, and parking areas are also accessible statewide for recreation; however, the availability of facilities such as bathrooms, offices, and campgrounds varies. To learn what facilities are open or closed within state parks and forests, view the DCNR Reopening Facility Map.
  • State park and forest visitors are urged to do their part to make the experience healthy and enjoyable for themselves and others by following COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, including practicing physical distancing, avoiding crowds, and wearing a mask when they encounter other people. Read more about the COVID-19 Traveler Information on spending time outdoors.

Are travel centers open? Where should I go to find out specific information about the attraction I’m visiting?

  • While tourism services such as reservation scheduling or personalized travel counseling will not be available at any Welcome Center until a later date, travelers can still receive information on regional attractions or travel advisories by emailing of calling Pennsylvania's Welcome Centers.

Are restaurants, breweries, and other food and beverage places open?

Effective Monday, May 31, 2021 all COVID-19 restrictions related to gatherings, restaurants, and other businesses will be lifted.

Can I shop at stores?

  • Travelers are encouraged to contact all businesses before visiting. All customers must wear a mask or face covering while in a business and keep a physical distance of six feet or more from other customers and employees.
  • For a list of counties and their COVID cases, go to The Pennsylvania Department of Health - Coronavirus.

Do not travel if you are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Do not travel with someone who is sick. For more healthy travel guidance, go to the Pennsylvania Department of Health - Travelers.