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Pennsylvania Face Mask Order

Effective July 1, 2020, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine expanded mask-wearing requirements in Pennsylvania: masks are mandatory in all public places.

With this order, signed under Dr. Levine's authority under the Disease Prevention and Control Act, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home, including:

  • in any indoor location where members of the public are generally permitted;

  • waiting for, riding on, driving, or operating public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle;

  •  obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank; or


  • engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when interacting in-person with any member of the public, working in any space visited by members of the public, working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others, working in or walking through common areas,or in any room or enclosed area where other people, except for members of the person's own household or residence, are present when unable to physically distance.

To read the order in its entirety, including exceptions to the requirement, click here.

Community Guidelines:

According to the guidelines posted on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's website, homemade cloth or fabric masks are suitable for members of the public. The general population is asked to save surgical masks and N95 respirators for health care workers and first responders.

See the frequently asked questions on the Department of Health website for more information on masking in Pennsylvania.

Business Guidelines:


  • In Pennsylvania businesses, everyone must wear a mask, including workers and customers.

  • Employers are required to provide masks to workers.

  • For more information on "Mask Up, PA," click here.

This page was last updated on September 21, 2020.

Pennsylvania Face Mask Order

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