Pennsylvania easing restrictions on travel

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On Monday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf rolled back COVID-19 travel restrictions that called for mandatory quarantines or a negative test from people traveling from out of state.Michael Hiltz flew into Pittsburgh International Airport from Las Vegas. He called the old rule an “inconvenience.”“I’m glad to hear that he finally lifted it because Pennsylvania needs that,” said Hiltz.An airport official said PIT does not expect much to change to their passenger counts now that the restriction has eased.Mia Marshe Cole said there are a lot of places she’d like to visit in 2021.“I want to do some international travel so hopefully it stays like that for when I go and come back,” Cole said. State officials point to the percent of Pennsylvanians vaccinated, COVID-19 positivity rate, rate of new infections and hospital capacity in deciding to lift restrictions. “These are such welcome times to see us moving forward again,” said Jerad Bachar, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh.He said travel became a $6.5 billion industry in the region before the pandemic. He called the state’s latest move a step in the right direction. “We’re confident that we’re going to see more of these steps in the near future but it makes such a difference in people’s lives,” said Bachar.

On Monday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf rolled back COVID-19 travel restrictions that called for mandatory quarantines or a negative test from people traveling from out of state.

Michael Hiltz flew into Pittsburgh International Airport from Las Vegas. He called the old rule an “inconvenience.”

“I’m glad to hear that he finally lifted it because Pennsylvania needs that,” said Hiltz.

An airport official said PIT does not expect much to change to their passenger counts now that the restriction has eased.

Mia Marshe Cole said there are a lot of places she’d like to visit in 2021.

“I want to do some international travel so hopefully it stays like that for when I go and come back,” Cole said.

State officials point to the percent of Pennsylvanians vaccinated, COVID-19 positivity rate, rate of new infections and hospital capacity in deciding to lift restrictions.

“These are such welcome times to see us moving forward again,” said Jerad Bachar, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh.

He said travel became a $6.5 billion industry in the region before the pandemic. He called the state’s latest move a step in the right direction.

“We’re confident that we’re going to see more of these steps in the near future but it makes such a difference in people’s lives,” said Bachar.

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