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Pennsylvania To Follow CDC’s Loosened Masking, Distancing Policies

Pennsylvania is modifying its statewide masking order to reflect new guidance presented by the Centers for Disease Control Thursday that says individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks or practice social distancing in most cases.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health said in a statement the state will begin following the new guidelines immediately.

“Today’s guidance from the CDC affects only people who are fully vaccinated,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said in a statement. “This is another incentive to get the vaccine that is now easily and conveniently available. Once 70 percent of Pennsylvanians over 18 are fully vaccinated, we can completely lift the masking order.”

Last week, Governor Tom Wolf said most statewide restrictions on gatherings and businesses would be lifted on May 31. Pennsylvania’s masking mandate will expire once 70% of adults across the state are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The CDC’s new guidelines still require mask-wearing in select locations, including doctor’s offices, hospitals, and public transportation.

Additionally, local municipalities, workplaces, and businesses can still enforce stricter guidelines of their own. State College’s ordinance requiring mask-wearing in some circumstances is still set to remain in place through the end of July.

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