Pennsylvania Sets Hard Date for Lifting the Mask Mandate

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From Fox 29:

Pennsylvania health officials on Thursday said the state will fully repeal its mask mandate in a month as vaccinations continue to climb across the commonwealth.

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said Pennsylvania will revoke its mask mandate on Monday, June 28, or when 70% of the state’s adult population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Pennsylvania previously set the open-ended 70% benchmark, but Beam said vaccination data among adults encouraged the department to set a hard date.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia will continue to act independently from the state as it (has) for the entirety of the pandemic. Philadelphia repealed its outdoor mask mandate for fully vaccinated people last Friday, but is still requiring masks indoors.

RE: wearing masks at The Wells Fargo Center for Sixers games, Philadelphia’s new Health Commissioner, Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, says the city will review COVID-19 numbers and could roll back the mandate on June 11th, when the arena goes to 100% capacity. Just need the data to continue to move in the right direction and we’re back in business baby.