Pa. weighing indoor dining ban, closure of gyms and casinos; Gov. Wolf tests positive for COVID-19; hospitals strained across Philly region as cases soar

Pa. considering new indoor dining ban, closures as COVID-19 cases continue to surge

Pennsylvania officials have been weighing a new ban on indoor dining and the mandatory closures of gyms and casinos — and a decision is likely to come within days, said a Capitol source with knowledge of the administration’s planning but not authorized to speak publicly about it. Though a spokesperson for Gov. Tom Wolf stressed that no decisions have been finalized, speculation ran through Harrisburg and beyond Wednesday about whether and when Wolf would implement new pandemic restrictions. Wolf indicated Monday that he would consider doing so and said he would make an announcement “very shortly.” Wolf was set to speak with House Democrats on Thursday, other sources in Harrisburg said. Val Arkoosh, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, also confirmed during a Wednesday news conference that the state has been discussing additional restrictions related to restaurant capacity. ”I’ve been part of those briefings, but I cannot confirm any of the details at this point,” Arkoosh said.