State makes changes to situations when students are permitted to remove their face masks

PITTSBURGH — The state made some changes Monday to situations when students are allowed to remove their face coverings in school.

On July 1, the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, announced an order requiring universal face coverings in the state.

The Department of Education said the order does apply to all students, staff members and visitors 2 and older while in school entities.

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These are the updated circumstances when students are allowed to remove face coverings:

  • Eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task.
  • At least 6 feet apart during “face-covering breaks” to last no longer than 10 minutes.

Click here to read more on the Department of Education’s website.

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