Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine on Wednesday ordered that masks be worn whenever citizens are outside and can’t maintain six feet of distance from non-household members, inside public buildings, riding mass transit, obtaining health care services, and when interacting with the public at work.
The only exceptions are for people who can’t wear a mask because of a medical condition, those under age two, those unable to remove a mask on their own, and those trying to communicate with the hearing impaired.
“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.”
Today’s order expands on the business safety order signed by Levine in April that requires the wearing of masks in businesses.
“It is essential that Pennsylvanians wear masks to prevent the spread of covid-19,” 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 mask-wearing order will be sent to state and local officials, law enforcement and others tasked with education about the order for those not in compliance.