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Pennsylvania To Lift Mask Mandate By June 28

Pennsylvania plans on lifting its statewide masking mandate by Monday, June 28, according to acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam.

At a press conference Thursday morning, Beam said the state’s masking requirements will lift by June 28 or once 70% of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated — whichever comes first.

Beam said 52.7% of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated so far. Additionally, nearly 98% of those 65 and older have received at least one vaccine dose.

“Pennsylvanians are realizing they have the power to stop COVID-19, and they are stepping up to get vaccinated,” Beam said Thursday. “That’s a strong indicator that we are on track to get at least that many getting both doses by the end of June. The Department of Health will continue to make getting a vaccine as convenient as possible by making it widely available and supporting equitable and effective efforts to reach every Pennsylvanian who wants it.”

Pennsylvania’s masking guidelines were widely loosened earlier this month when the state adopted new Centers for Disease Control guidance. Under those recommendations, fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks in most circumstances.

Masks are still required in certain locations, including in hospitals and on public transportation, and Beam said those exceptions will continue once the mandate eventually lifts. Individual businesses, schools, and municipalities can still require masking.

The State College borough acted last week to roll back its COVID-19 ordinance and adopt CDC masking recommendations. Limits on in-person gatherings are still in place, and any violation could still fetch a $300 fine.

Governor Tom Wolf still plans on lifting all restrictions on businesses and gatherings by May 31. Once those are up, only the state’s masking mandate will remain in place.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a senior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.

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