HARRISBURG – To help companies in the event industry from being forced to close, Rep. Matthew Dowling of Fayette & Somerset Counties announced legislation that would allow them to operate safely at 50% capacity. In July, Gov. Tom Wolf limited indoor events and gatherings to 25 persons – regardless of the venue’s capacity – and outdoor events and gatherings to 250 people. He included staff in the maximum occupancy limit. Under Dowling’s legislation, venues, caterers, and other businesses would still need to adhere to social distancing standards per the CDC. Dowling said businesses in the event industry have essentially been forced out of business as limiting indoor events to that degree doesn’t allow for any reasonable profit. It’s also hurting Pennsylvanians who are trying to live their lives in the aftermath of a pandemic that has been largely contained. Dowling added that people hoping to get married are facing increased stress and uncertainty as they attempt to address the changing limits on their celebrations.

REP. MATTHEW DOWLING