House Republicans punt on school masks vote after returning early to address it
But a little more than a day later, and the answer from the caucus was “let’s talk later,” as the chamber tabled nine similar but distinct amendments to create exemptions in or completely repeal Wolf’s order.
To block school mask order, House GOP appeals to arcane committee
Majority House Republicans have asked an obscure state regulatory oversight committee to review the Wolf administration’s school mask mandate. In a 15-5 vote on Tuesday, the GOP-controlled House Health Committee’s lawmakers approved a six-page letter laying out their legal objections to the order. It goes on to request that the Commonwealth Joint Committee on Documents […]
With classes about to start, Philly schools chief says COVID-19 protocols are in place
'With all of the layers of safety we have in place, we are confident that we can maintain a low positivity rate,' Superintendent William Hite said
No mask needed outdoors if you’re vaccinated, except among crowds, CDC says
WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated Americans do not need to wear a mask outdoors except in crowded settings, federal health officials said Tuesday as they updated recommendations for how vaccinated individuals can safely resume normal activities. Those who are at least two weeks past receiving their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can safely be unmasked at small […]
Biden orders tougher mask rules as part of overhauled COVID-19 strategy
One of the initial executive orders he signed Wednesday requires mask-wearing and physical distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal lands, and by federal employees and contractors, plus a broad call for Americans to mask up during the next 100 days.
Pa. lawmaker compares treatment of anti-maskers to transphobic bigotry
In a statement shared on his state Facebook account, GOP Rep. Russ Diamond described a “spirit of intolerance and discrimination” directed at people who don’t wear facemasks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Philly lawmakers provide masks, gloves to fight COVID-19
The legislators delivered supplies to a total of 130 residents at Paschall Senior Apartments and the Hardy Williams Veterans Housing Center.
Pa. started enforcing its mask rules on Sunday: Here’s what businesses, consumers need to know
On Sunday night, the state Department of Health started enforcing its order requiring employees and customers of life-sustaining businesses statewide to wear masks.
Wolf admin. orders businesses to require face masks for workers, customers
The order is effective immediately and will be enforced beginning Sunday at 8 p.m. Under the order, most businesses must bar non-essential visitors who are not wearing masks from the premises.
COVID-19 in Philly: Community presents NW Police District with 1,400 face masks
Alaiya Muhsin, 10, also sewed 50 cloth masks and donated all of them to the Northwest police division, in an effort organized by a local lawmaker.
Wolf to state: ‘Wear a mask’
Days after ordering Pennsylvanians to stay inside under most circumstances, Gov. Tom Wolf is asking all Pennsylvanians to wear a mask when they leave the house. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said that bandanas and scarves could also serve as substitutes if used properly. Instructions to make a homemade mask are on the Department […]
Pa.’s Toomey, Colorado lawmaker want CDC to clarify rules to encourage face-mask use in public
"It has to go from where it is socially awkward to wear a mask, to where it is socially awkward to not wear one," two U.S. Senators said Wednesday.