State Will Lift Mask Mandate on June 28 … with Some Conditions

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Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam watch as Penn State Health vaccination clinic staff fill syringes of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam watch as Penn State Health vaccination clinic staff fill syringes with the COVID-19 vaccine.

On June 28, masks off!

That’s the word from Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting Pennsylvania Health Secretary Alison Beam, writes Kathleen Carey for The Daily Times.

“After reviewing the vaccination data for people 18 and over and discussing it with the COVID-19 Vaccine Legislative Task Force, we have determined that the commonwealth’s mask order can safely be lifted on June 28 or when 70 percent of adults get their second dose, whichever comes first,” Beam said. “That puts the future in the hands of all Pennsylvanians.”

That said, some businesses, municipalities, and school districts may still require masks. Some people will also want to continue wearing masks, Beam said.

State officials are also advising individuals to follow the guidance in place for long-term care facilities, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters.

Also, CDC guidance will still require masks on planes, buses, trains, and public transportation.

As of May 26, 70 percent of Pennsylvania’s adults have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. So far, 52.7% have received their second dose.

Beam continues to encourage everyone 12 years and older to get vaccinated.

Read more in The Daily Times about the mask mandate being lifted by the state.

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