The Pennsylvania Department of Health is lifting the mask mandate early for fully vaccinated people. It comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a similar announcement Thursday afternoon.
“Today’s guidance from the CDC affects only people who are fully vaccinated” Acting Secretary Beam said. “This is another incentive to get the vaccine that is now easily and conveniently available. Once 70 percent of Pennsylvanians over 18 are fully vaccinated, we can completely lift the masking order.”
Whether indoors or outdoors, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in most situations.
However, Pennsylvania still mandates that unvaccinated people need to wear masks. Governor Tom Wolf’s administration has repeatedly state it will lift this order when 70 percent of adults in the Commonwealth are vaccinated.
There are still some situations in which fully vaccinated people must still wear masks.
Private businesses and health care providers can still require customers and patients to wear masks. Additionally, riders on buses, airplanes, trains, and other forms of public transportation must still wear masks.
“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. We have all longed for this moment, when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.”
More information on the CDC mask guidance is available here.