Mask requirements have been lifted for fully vaccinated people in most indoor, outdoor settings

Pennsylvania Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam

by PublicSource 

On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. The new masking guidelines have been adopted by Pennsylvania and are immediately in effect.

“Today’s guidance from the CDC affects only people who are fully vaccinated,” Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary Alison Beam said. “This is another incentive to get the vaccine that is now easily and conveniently available. Once 70 percent of Pennsylvanians over 18 are fully vaccinated, we can completely lift the masking order.”

For more information on the CDC guidance, visit here.

The new guidance generated quite a bit of confusion because of caveats and applications  as local businesses are scrambling to decide whether to follow the new federal masking protocol. Giant Eagle, for example, said that masks are still required in their stores. “At Giant Eagle, the health and well-being of our Team Members and guests remains our top priority. As we actively evaluate the shifts in state and CDC guidance, we will continue to require anyone working or shopping in our stores to wear a mask or face covering,” spokesperson Dick Roberts said in a statement.

Port Authority of Allegheny County of Allegheny County also issued a clarifying statement saying “masks are still required to be worn on public transit vehicles.”

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced on Friday that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask to Masses or any other gatherings on parish property.

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Mask requirements have been lifted for fully vaccinated people in most indoor, outdoor settings

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