Pennsylvania strengthens mask order amid record COVID-19 cases

Pennsylvania strengthens mask order amid record COVID-19 cases

Health officials in Pennsylvania have issued a tougher mask mandate amid record highs in coronavirus cases — now requiring people to wear face coverings indoors in their own homes under certain circumstances.

Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine unveiled four new mitigation efforts Tuesday as hospitalizations statewide continue to rise and daily case counts remain far higher than spring levels.

Pennsylvania, which first issued a mask mandate in April, is now requiring “universal face coverings” indoors even if social distancing can be maintained. This includes at retail establishments, gyms, public transportation and anywhere food is prepared, packaged or served, the updated order states. When outdoors, a mask must be worn if physical distancing cannot be maintained.

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“This means that even if you are able to be 6 feet apart, you will need to wear a mask while inside if with people other than members of your household,” health officials said in a press release.

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