Face Masks Are Now Required Whenever You Leave Home in Pennsylvania
If you leave your home, you'll need to put a face mask on if you're in Pennsylvania.
As COVID-19 surge across the United States, Pennsylvania has expanded the state’s mask-wearing order. The new order, which takes effect immediately (Wednesday, July 1), calls for masks to be worn whenever anyone leaves home.
The previous order, which was one of the first issued in the country back in early April called for masks to be worn in all businesses where social distancing was not possible. Today’s order was signed by the state’s Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.
“This mask-wearing order is essential to stopping the recent increase in COVID-19 cases we have seen in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Those hot spots can be traced to situations where Pennsylvanians were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing – two practices that must be adhered to if we want to maintain the freedoms we have in place under our reopening.”
On Tuesday, the state of Pennsylvania reported 635 new cases of COVID-19, which is a slight uptick from last week when the case numbers were in the 400s per day.
Philadelphia, by the way, announced a similar mask measure just last week as the city has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases — particularly among younger adults (under 25), health officials say.
“It is essential that Pennsylvanians wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “While cases increase in some areas, we cannot become complacent. My mask protects you, and your mask protects me. Wearing a mask shows that you care about others, and that you are committed to protecting the lives of those around you.”
Children under the age of two are exempt from the mandate, as are people who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition.
Today's order did not outline specifics regarding any possible consequences for those not in compliance. The governor's office says they've sent the order to state and local officials, as well as law enforcement and others "tasked with education about the order for those not in compliance."