Alison Beam, the Acting Secretary of Health in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, announced that the federal mask order reflects the announcement issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) .
On March 16, 2021, the SOH amended the Federal Mask Order, adding language that instructs CDC to not allow fully vaccinated people to wear masks. This means that the current CDC guidelines will automatically take effect in Pennsylvania. According to the regulations of the CDC and unvaccinated individuals, the mask requirement will continue to be effective until 70% of Pennsylvania residents 18 years and older are fully vaccinated.
“Today’s CDC guidelines only affect people who are fully vaccinated,” said Acting Minister Beam. “This is another motivation to get vaccines that are now easily and conveniently available. Once 70% of Pennsylvania’s 18 and older are fully vaccinated, we can eliminate the order for masks altogether.”
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fully vaccinated individuals can resume pre-pandemic activities without wearing a mask or maintaining physical distance, unless required by laws, rules, and regulations , including local business and employment guidelines. According to the guidelines, people are still required to wear masks on airplanes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation within and outside the United States, as well as at transportation hubs in the United States (such as airports and stations). In addition, all people should follow the guidance of the workplace and local businesses.
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People can use Vaccines.govOpens In A New Window (also known as Vaccine Finder) to find vaccination sites near them. People can also send their zip code to GETVAX (438829) (English) or VACUNA (822862) (Spanish) and receive three possible vaccination points in their area.

In addition to saving nearly $400 million per year, Gov. Wolf’s bipartisan, commonsense reform plan:

  • Creates charter school performance standards that hold low-performing charter schools accountable and reward high-performing charters with more flexibility.
  • Limits cyber school enrollment until their educational quality improves.
  • Requires charter schools to have policies to prevent nepotism and conflicts of interest so leaders do not use charter schools for their own financial benefit.
  • Ensures charter schools and their leaders follow requirements of the State Ethics Commission, since they are public officials.

“This is a problem that affects every school district in the commonwealth, and more than 80 percent of school boards joined together to call for change,” said Gov. Wolf. “It’s past time to listen to our schools and fix our charter school law. These commonsense solutions will protect taxpayers, students and the public trust, while improving accountability and quality in education.”


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