Pennsylvania’s order of requiring universal face coverings will be lifted statewide at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 28.
The acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam says businesses, organizations, health care providers and other entities have the option to still require employees, guests or customers to wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status.
State health officials are encouraging those who have not yet been vaccinated or are partially vaccinated to still wear a mask when in public.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires individuals to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs, such as airports and stations.
“As we shift to wearing masks less often, it is important to remain resilient in the fight against COVID-19, just as we have done together over the last year and a half,” Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said.
According to the CDC vaccine tracker, as of Friday morning, June 25, 74.9 percent of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older have received their first dose, while 59.4 percent are fully vaccinated. The commonwealth ranks 8th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
The universal masking order was originally issued on April 15, 2020, updated on November 18, 2020 and again March 17, 2021.