Philadelphia Reinstates Mask Mandate

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Patricia Tsipras

April 13, 2022

April 29, 2022 Update:  On Friday, April 22, 2022, the City of Philadelphia reversed its indoor mask mandate, which conflicted, in part, with a recent decision of a Florida court that struck down the CDC’s masking mandate for public transit.

April 19, 2022 Update: On Monday, April 18, 2022, a federal court in Florida struck down the CDC’s mask mandate that required face masks “while boarding, disembarking, and traveling on any conveyance into or within the United States.”  The court ruled that the CDC exceeded its authority when it issued the mandate.  In response, the CDC has acknowledged that the mandate no longer is in effect and will not be enforced.  The Transportation Security Administration made a similar announcement.

 

In response to a rising number of COVID cases, the City of Philadelphia will return to requiring face masks in all public indoor settings beginning Monday, April 18, 2022.  As of April 11, 2022, Philadelphia saw an increase of more than 50 percent in reported COVID cases as compared to the previous 10 days.

The City has not yet returned to its former policy of requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter restaurants.  However, to remain in compliance with the federal mask mandate, Philadelphia requires face masks on public transit.   The federal transportation mask mandate was set to expire on Monday, April 18, 2022, but it has been extended for 15 days in light of the increasing number of COVID cases nationwide.

Philadelphia is the first city in the U.S. to reinstate its mask mandate.

 

* Special thanks to Brooke Palma, our Office Administrator and member of our COVID-19 Safety Team, for her contributions to this article.

 
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