Starting today, restaurants can increase their indoor capacity to 75% and can also now serve alcohol to patrons without ordering food.By Chris Hoffman

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s a big day for local restaurants and bars as statewide COVID-19 restrictions are loosening starting today.

It’s a day that business owners have been waiting for.

The Wolf administration is loosening some of the restrictions they’ve been operating under.

With the loosened restrictions:

  • Indoor dining capacity can increase to 75%
  • Restaurants can serve people at the bar again
  • They can also serve drinks without food and after last call at 11:00 p.m.

Other businesses like salons, gyms, casinos, and movie theaters can also move to 75% capacity.

Indoor events can hold 25% capacity while outdoor events can increase to 50% capacity.

These loosened restrictions don’t mean that you can just throw caution to the wind, however.

Health experts are still urging you to take precautions like wearing masks and socially distancing yourself if you do head to a restaurant for Easter dinner.

With it being Easter, the CDC says if you’re fully vaccinated, you can safely gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

You should still wear a mask and practice social distancing around people who haven’t been fully vaccinated.

If you’re not among those who have been fully vaccinated, you’re advised to stick to your own households.

For more information on the CDC’s Easter guidance, click here.