More virus rules fall as CDC hints at better times ahead

  • Customers eat at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Customers eat at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Wednesday. City officials lifted the city’s vaccine mandate for indoor dining and other establishments that serve food and drinks, but an indoor mask mandate remains in place. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The nation’s leading health officials said Wednesday that the U.S. is moving closer to the point that COVID-19 is no longer a “constant crisis” as more cities, businesses and sports venues began lifting pandemic restrictions around the country.