Stories tagged: "masks"


Customers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus as they shop at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Feb. 16, 2022. (AP File Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia Ends Mask Mandate Just Days After Reinstating It

City health officials said the mask mandate is no longer necessary due to a leveling off of COVID-19 cases and reduced hospitalizations.

Travelers board an Amtrak train ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Mask Off: SEPTA, Amtrak No Longer Requiring Masks on Vehicles, in Stations

Both SEPTA and Amtrak are no longer requiring passengers and employees to wear face coverings after a federal judge threw out the CDC’s nationwide mandate.

FILE - A sign requiring masks as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus on a store front in Philadelphia, is seen Feb. 16, 2022. Philadelphia is reinstating its indoor mask mandate after reporting a sharp increase in coronavirus infections, Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, the city's top health official, announced Monday, April 11, 2022. Confirmed COVID-19 cases have risen more than 50% in 10 days, the threshold at which the city's guidelines call for people to wear masks indoors. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
COVID Won’t Leave Philly Alone: City Brings Back Indoor Mask Mandate

With confirmed COVID-19 cases doubling, Philadelphia is bringing back the indoor mask mandate.

Travelers boarding a train at Amtrak's Penn Station, Aug. 6, 2020, in New York. If Congress moves and approves President Joe Biden's plan to increase Amtrak funding, folks at Penn Station could one day board a train to Scranton. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Masking Requirements for Travel Extended Another Month

The TSA is extending the mask mandate on planes and public transportation through April 18, while taking steps that could lead to lifting the rule.

FILE - Customers sit in a booth at the Penrose Diner, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in south Philadelphia. Philadelphia officials announced Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 that proof of vaccination will be required starting Jan. 3 for bars, restaurants, indoor sporting events, movie theaters and other places where people eat indoors close to each other. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
Philadelphia Lifts Vaccine Mandate for Indoor Dining, Mask Mandate Remains

The city’s vaccine mandate for indoor dining and other places serving food and drink was lifted Wednesday A new restriction system based on case counts, positivity rates, and hospitalizations is in place.

FILE - Registered nurse Jessalynn Dest pulls on a new N95 mask as indentations remain from another she had just removed after leaving a COVID-19 patient room in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle. The Biden administration will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free to Americans starting next week, now that federal officials are emphasizing their better protection against the omicron variant of COVID-19 over cloth face coverings.  The White House announced Wednesday that the masks will come from the government's Strategic National Stockpile, which has more than 750 million of the highly protective masks on hand.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Biden to Give Away 400 Million N95 Masks Starting Next Week

The masks will be available for pickup at pharmacies and community health centers across the country.

At Wilson High School in West Lawn, students in the audience listen as former NBA basketball player Chris Herren speaks on April 13, 2021. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Lack of Emergency Order or Regulation Doomed PA School Mask Mandate

Justices said that Pennsylvania law gives the Department of Health broad authority to protect public health, but it doesn't permit the department "to act by whim in all matters concerning disease" without specific regulations that empower a mask mandate.