Wolf: Masks are mandatory in businesses

State government agencies send outline to Pa. firms

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday reiterated his statement that masks are mandatory for customers at Pennsylvania businesses.

“The importance of mask-wearing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect people and businesses cannot be overstated,” Wolf said Friday. “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.”

Multiple state government agencies sent a communication to Pennsylvania businesses this week outlining mask requirements:

¯ 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.

¯ If a worker or customer attempts to enter a business without a mask on, businesses are supposed to ask that person to leave and only return when wearing a mask.

¯ Find personal protective equipment to protect workers.

¯ Have good mask hygiene by not touching the front of the mask and making sure it covers both the nose and mouth. Don’t lift it up when talking to someone. If wearing a fabric mask, 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.”

Wolf did not outline any specific penalties for businesses that do not adhere to the guidelines.


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