Mask orders are set to lift June 28 in Pennsylvania after an announcement by the state’s Department of Health acting secretary, Alison Beam.
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Beam noted 58.9% of the 18-and-older population are fully vaccinated. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said his goal is to reach 60% before Monday.
“After reviewing the vaccination data for people 18 and over, and discussing it with the COVID-19 Vaccine Legislative Task Force, we have determined that the commonwealth’s mask order can be lifted on June 28 or when 70% of adults get their second dose, whichever comes first,” Beam said. “Pennsylvanians are realizing that they have the power to stop COVID-19 and they are stepping up to get vaccinated.”
All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to receive a vaccine.
Once the statewide mask order is lifted, the state will continue to follow CDC guidance for wearing masks when required by federal laws and regulations, including local businesses and workplaces. The CDC also required masking on public transportation with the U.S.