Wolf to Lift Mask Requirement No Later Than June 28

Acting state Secretary of Health Alison Beam speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (Screenshot)

By Patrick Abdalla

May 27, 2021

If the state gets to 70% fully vaccinated before that, the mandate will drop even earlier.

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania will drop its mask requirement on June 28, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said Thursday morning. However, the state will drop the mandate earlier if 70% of the adult population becomes fully vaccinated before June 28.

According to Thursday morning’s data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70.0% of the state’s adults have had at least their first dose of vaccine. The data says 52.7% are fully vaccinated. 

If everyone with their first dose gets their second in the recommended time, and others get the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the state could drop the mandate early.

The mask mandate has been in effect since April of last year. Even when it is lifted, private businesses can have  their own restrictions. Also, some places like airports could continue to have mask restrictions.

All Pennsylvanians 12 years old and older are eligible for the vaccine.

As the number of vaccinated Pennsylvanians has climbed, Gov. Tom Wolf has eased restrictions. 

Beginning on Memorial Day, all restaurants, bars and businesses in Pennsylvania will be able to fully reopen at 100% capacity. The cleaning and sanitizing mandates for businesses will also be lifted.

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