PA to Lift Masking Order by June 28 at Latest
Masking requirements remain in place for health care settings and public transit
May 27, 2021
Pennsylvania’s statewide masking order will be lifted by June 28 at the latest, the Department of Health announced today. The announcement does not impact masking requirements for Pennsylvania’s health care facilities and public travel, officials said.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasized that staff, patients, residents, and visitors should continue to wear masks in hospitals and health care facilities.
During a press briefing today, Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said Pennsylvania’s tremendous progress in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout played a key factor in the decision to lift the masking mandate in public settings. Nearly 98 percent of Pennsylvanians 65 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, she said.
“After reviewing the vaccination data for people 18 and over and discussing it with the COVID-19 Vaccine Legislative Task Force, we have determined that the commonwealth’s mask order can be lifted on June 28 or when 70 percent of adults get their second dose, whichever comes first,” Acting Secretary Beam said. “Pennsylvanians are realizing that they have the power to stop COVID-19 and they are stepping up to get vaccinated.”
Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced that 70 percent of Pennsylvania adults had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly 53 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 and older are fully vaccinated.
Acting Secretary Beam said businesses, municipalities, and school districts may continue to require masking after the state order is lifted, and that the state would continue to follow CDC guidance about masking in specific settings, such as health care facilities and airports.
The CDC requires individuals to wear masks on planes, buses, trains, and other public transportation. The CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals are available online.
“We ask that Pennsylvanians continue to be kind and respectful to each other as we continue to fight COVID-19 in our communities,” Acting Secretary Beam said.
HAP continues to urge Pennsylvanians to make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and to follow the proper public health precautions to limit the spread of the virus. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine provides outstanding protection against the virus and it helps move us closer to ending the pandemic.
For more information, contact Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s senior vice president, strategic integration, or Robert Shipp III, PhD, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, HAP’s vice president, population health and clinical affairs.