Governor Wolf: Mask Are Mandatory In Pennsylvania Businesses

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
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HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Governor Tom Wolf is reminding Pennsylvanians that masks are mandatory when visiting businesses in the state.

“The importance of mask-wearing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect people and businesses cannot be overstated,” Gov. Wolf said. “Masks are required in businesses, for the entire time someone is visiting a business. It’s that simple and that important to continue to safely reopen the state and keep our case counts on the decline.”

The Wolf administration sent the following requirements to businesses operating in the state:

  • Everyone must wear a mask, unless they have a medical reason not to or are under the age of 2. That includes workers and customers. Remember, my mask protects you and your mask protects me. 
  • No mask, no shirt, no shoes, no service. If a worker or customer attempts to enter your business without a mask on, ask them to leave and return when they have a mask. A fabric mask is fine. 
  • Find PPE to protect your workers. Masks and other PPE can be hard to find given the high demand. But we’ve got you covered. Check out our online directory of PPE manufacturers and suppliers in Pennsylvania. 
  • Have good mask hygiene. Don’t touch the front of your mask. Make sure it covers both your nose and mouth. Don’t lift it up when talking to someone. Remember, the virus travels in the droplets we breath out when talking or laughing, not just when we cough or sneeze. If wearing a fabric mask, make sure you wash it and let it fully dry between uses.

The reminder from the governor's office comes as Allegheny County has seen a recent rise in the number of cases this week - 207 new cases since Monday. On Friday, the county reported 61 new cases, the largest single day case county since April. 

Allgheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald told KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin that if hospitlizations and deaths increase along with the case counts, there could be another shutdown in the future.

Mad Mex in Monroeville and the North Park Lounge in McCandless both announced closures this week after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

“Wearing masks in a business or when in a public space where social distancing can’t be maintained is a required, vital practice to stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s also a sign of respect for others because your mask is protecting them. Let’s continue to get through this together.”

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