Strict new mask, vaccine requirements coming to Philadelphia
You'll need to wear a mask in all Philadelphia businesses if you're not vaccinated against COVID-19, according to published reports.
City officials will announce strict COVID-19 policies on Wednesday. Multiple outlets, including NBC 10, 6ABC and The Inquirer, confirmed that the city will announce both requirements for face masks and vaccines.
All patrons will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or they'll need to wear a mask inside all Philadelphia businesses. This is expected to go into effect immediately, NBC10 reported.
It will, however, be up to the business itself to decide how they will implement this policy.
If you're heading to the Made in America Music Festival in a few weeks, it sounds like you'll need a mask.
The city will announce that all outdoor non-seated events with more than 1,000 attendees will also require face masks. It won’t be in effect for seated events, however, according to NBC 10’s reporting.
The announcement will be made during a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday morning, which will be hosted by city officials. We'll have more details after it's announced.
COVID-19 cases continue to surge nationwide. The crucial positivity rate of COVID-19 tests just crossed the 5% threshold in our area. The community spread of the virus is now classified as "substantial" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The good news is that COVID-19 vaccination rates are beginning to tick up across the nation (and in the city of Philadelphia). It's estimated that 53% of the city’s population over the age of 12 has been fully vaccinated against the virus.
Meanwhile, according to the CDC, about 71% of the city’s population over the age of 12 has received at least one dose of the vaccine.