The time-limited mitigation orders put in place on December 12th by the Wolf Administration following the post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 surge in Pennsylvania will expire today (January 4th) as planned. Governor Wolf says mitigation efforts helped flatten the curve of new cases. Some mitigation requirements still remain. Commonwealth schools are subject to CDC and commonwealth guidance. Self-certified restaurants may open at 50% capacity for indoor dining. Restaurants that have not self-certified are at 25% capacity for indoor dining. On-premises alcohol consumption is prohibited unless part of a meal. Cocktails-to-go and carryout beverages are allowed. Personal care services including hair salons and barbershops may open at 50% occupancy and by appointment only. Indoor recreation and health facilities such as gyms and spas may open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged. Masks are required in businesses.
The Mifflin County School District will be extending full remote instruction through January 8th, with a tentative return to in-person instruction beginning Monday, January 11th. The Juniata County School District will return to school today (Monday, January 4th). Schools will operate on the 4-1 plan, as they did prior to the November closure. Fridays will be a remote learning day. Meals continue to be free for all students. The Huntingdon Area School District will continue remote learning through Wednesday, January 20th. The Mount Union Area School District will return to school for face-to-face instruction beginning today (Monday, January 4th).