Face Coverings Now Mandatory In Pennsylvania When Leaving Home, Not Just In Businesses

By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Face coverings are now mandatory throughout Pennsylvania when leaving your home as a result of a July 1 order by Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine.

Governor Tom Wolf said the expansion of the order to now includes situations when people leave their homes and not just when inside businesses is necessary. “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."

Face coverings must be worn if you are:

  • Outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet from individuals who are not members of your household
  • In any indoor location where members of the public are generally permitted
  • Waiting for, riding on, driving or operating public transportation or praratransit or while in a taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle
  • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site when interacting with any member of the pubic

According to the order, there are some exceptions. They include:

  • Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition
  • Individuals for whom wearing a mask would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task
  • Individuals who would be unable to remove a mask without assistance
  • Individuals are communicating with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another disability where seeing the mouth is essential for communication

“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.”

The order from Levine takes effect immediately. You can read the full text of the order by clicking here.

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