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Governor Wolf Announces No Mask Mandate, Urges Pennsylvanians to Follow Guidance

Posted on July 30, 2021

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revised its mask recommendation and announced that due to the transmissibility of the Delta variant, people in areas with "high" or "substantial" COVID-19 transmission should resume wearing masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

At the time of this update’s publication, many counties in our region are below the substantial or high rates of community transmission mentioned in the CDC guidance. Information on transmission rates for counties throughout the country may be found here.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf also announced on Tuesday that he is not considering a statewide mask mandate as coronavirus cases surge in Pennsylvania and across the country, nor is his administration requiring masks in schools.

Wolf stated that his strategy to fight the spread of COVID-19 has been the vaccine, and will continue to be. Wolf stressed that the masking mandate was for when there was no vaccine.

Furthermore, Wolf said that “[p]eople have the ability, each individual to make the decision to get a vaccine. If they do, that’s the protection.”

However, the Wolf administration is recommending that Pennsylvanians and Pennsylvania schools follow federal guidance on mask-wearing.

There have been no further comments made by the administration on the matter.

If you have questions about this update or any other legal matter, please reach out to your Knox Law attorney, or call us at 814-459-2800.

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