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PA to Lift Most Mitigation Orders on Memorial Day; Masking will Continue

May 04, 2021

Pennsylvania plans to lift most of the COVID-19 mitigation orders on Memorial Day, except for the requirement to wear masks in public, Governor Tom Wolf and the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force announced today.

Governor Wolf said the order requiring residents to wear masks in public will be lifted once 70 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 and older have been fully vaccinated. The state also pointed to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outlining when fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks.

 “We continue to make significant progress in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and as more Pennsylvania adults get vaccinated and guidance from the CDC evolves, we can continue to move forward with our reopening efforts,” Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said in a statement.

Other requirements related to testing and reporting will remain in place for hospitals and long-term care facilities, ensuring the state can closely monitor the spread of the virus, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

The governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place. State officials also noted that the announcement does not prevent municipalities and school districts from continuing their own mitigation efforts. 

The state has administered first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to more than 50 percent of its entire population and about 10 million doses overall.

HAP encourages residents 16 and older to make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and to follow the public health recommendations as outlined by the CDC to prevent the spread of the virus. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and provide protection for you and the people you love in your community.

Pennsylvania’s map of COVID-19 vaccine providers is available online. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the DOH hotline at 1-877-724-3258.