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Amendment to the Order of The Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Directing Mitigation Measures

Order created July 15, 2020; Updated October 6, 2020

Section 3 is amended to replace Subsections (A) and (B) as follows:  
(A) Venues hosting events or gatherings must determine their established occupancy limit as defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code and then apply the attendee calculator to determine how many attendees are permitted to attend the event or gathering. 
 
i.         Maximum Occupancy Calculator for indoor events:

Maximum Occupancy Allowable Indoor Rate
0-2,000 people20% of Maximum Occupancy
2,001 - 10,000 people15% of Maximum Occupancy
Over 10,000 people10% of Maximum Occupancy up to 3,750 people

ii.         Maximum Occupancy Calculator for outdoor events:

Maximum Occupancy Allowable Outdoor Rate
0-2,000 people25% of Maximum Occupancy
2,001 - 10,000 people 20% of Maximum Occupancy
Over 10,000 people15% of Maximum Occupancy up to 7,500 people

(B) When no fire code capacity is published or available for outdoor events or gatherings venues, establish occupancy as 67 people per 1000 square feet and then apply the maximum occupancy calculator.  Venues may also contact their local building code officials if they are unaware of their occupancy limit.

Section 3 is amended to add Subsections E and F:

(E) Venues must require attendees to comply with 6-foot social distancing requirements, to wear masks or face coverings in compliance with my Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings, and implement best practices such as timed entry, multiple entry and exit points, multiple restrooms and hygiene stations.  Venues and event planners can review the CDC Events and Gatherings Readiness and Planning Tool for additional information regarding best practices.

This Amendment is effective October 9, 2020, and enforcement of the Amended Order will commence on October 9, 2020.