Gov. Wolf reminds PA residents, businesses about mask requirement

CDC to release new guidance on wearing face masks

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf issued a reminder to all Pennsylvania residents and businesses Friday that masks are mandatory when visiting a business.

“The importance of mask-wearing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect people and businesses cannot be overstated,” Gov. Wolf said in a news release. “Masks are required in businesses, for the entire time someone is visiting a business. It’s that simple and that important to continue to safely reopen the state and keep our case counts on the decline.”

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Here are the mask requirements for Pennsylvania businesses:

  • Everyone must wear a mask, unless they have a medical reason not to or are under the age of 2. That includes workers and customers.
  • No mask, no shirt, no shoes, no service. If a worker or customer attempts to enter your business without a mask on, ask them to leave and return when they have a mask. A fabric mask is fine.
  • Find PPE to protect your workers. Check out our online directory of PPE manufacturers and suppliers in Pennsylvania.
  • Have good mask hygiene. Don’t touch the front of your mask. Make sure it covers both your nose and mouth. Don’t lift it up when talking to someone. Remember, the virus travels in the droplets we breath out when talking or laughing, not just when we cough or sneeze. If wearing a fabric mask, make sure you wash it and let it fully dry between uses.

“Wearing masks in a business or when in a public space where social distancing can’t be maintained is a required, vital practice to stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Wolf said. “It’s also a sign of respect for others because your mask is protecting them. Let’s continue to get through this together.”

CLICK HERE for the state’s business guidance outlining mask-wearing requirements.

CLICK HERE for the state’s restaurant industry guidance outlines mask-wearing requirements specific to restaurants. 

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