Anyone who leaves home in Pennsylvania must now wear a mask or face covering.
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed the order Wednesday. It takes effect immediately.
Whether taking a walk or driving to run errands, masks are mandatory. This expands on the governor’s previous order which required masks for anyone entering a business.
“This mask-wearing order is essential to stopping the recent increase in COVID-19 cases we have seen in Pennsylvania,” said Wolf.
There are some exceptions to the new rule. The following people do not have to wear face coverings, according to the order:
- Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, including those with respiratory issues that impede breathing, mental health condition, or disability;
- Individuals for whom wearing a mask while working would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workspace guidelines;
- Individuals who would be unable to remove a mask without assistance;
- Individuals who are under two years of age;
- Individuals who are communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
Additionally, people do not have to show documentation if an exception applies to them.
“It is essential that Pennsylvanians wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “While cases increase in some areas, we cannot become complacent.”