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As COVID-19 cases slowly rise, Philadelphia is reinstating its indoor mask mandate for public places, schools and daycares.
Philadelphia announced Monday that, on April 18, masks will have to be worn indoors again unless vaccine status is verified.
“Put simply, that means we’re reintroducing the mask mandate in Philadelphia,” Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole said at an afternoon news conference.
Philadelphia pushed through the mask mandate with daily case counts and hospitalizations exceeding its own self-imposed benchmarks in recent days.
There have been an average of 142 new cases in Philadelphia in recent days, and 46 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
The Philadelphia school district had already planned to require masks when students return from spring break on April 18. This new mandate means that all schools and daycares in the city must also follow suit.
The move means the city hasn’t even had two months without indoor masking requirements. The city had given the “all clear” and dropped its previous mask mandate on March 2.
This story is growing and will be updated.