“Recently we’ve been watching COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise in several europeo countries and some places in the US, and now were starting to see cases here in Philadelphia rise,” Il commissario per la salute di Philadelphia, dott. Cheryl Bettigole said at a press briefing on Monday afternoon. “We’re reintroducing the mask mandate in Philadelphia.”
Philadelphia appears to be the first major city to reimpose an indoor mask mandate after local governments and states across the country lifted them earlier this year in response to plummeting cases.
The city entered tier 2 of its COVID-19 response system, which means Philadelphia has hit two of three requirements between 100-225 new cases per day, un 50% increase in cases over the previous 10 giorni, and hospitalization between 50-100.
If new cases hit between 225 e 500 per day, then the city will reimpose the requirement that residents show a vaccine card or negative COVID-19 test before entering bars and restaurants.
“Our city remains open; we can still go about our daily lives and visit the people and places we love while masking in indoor public spaces,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted Monday.
The new mask mandate will go into effect next Monday after “a one-week education period for businesses.”