Philadelphia’s COVID-19 response level could change Monday, mask mandate would return: Officials
Philadelphia’s COVID-19 response level could change Monday, mask mandate would return: Officials

Philadelphia’s COVID-19 response level could change Monday, mask mandate would return: Officials

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Philadelphia Department of Health officials say an indoor mask mandate for public places may return soon.

Currently, the city is experiencing a rapid increase in cases. Officials say if we continue to develop as we are, a decision will likely be made on Monday to bring the mandate back.

In a statement released Friday night, a spokesman wrote:

“If cases continue to rise and remain above 100, we are likely to move into Level 2: Mask Precautions, which would mean a return to the city’s mask mandate.”

To enter level 2, numbers must meet two of three criteria, and that is what they are at the moment.

It says the National Board of Health Level 2: Average cases per day are less than 225, but are more than 100. Right now, Philadelphia sees 134 new cases per day.

We are still under 100 admissions and we are currently sitting at 48.

But the city sees the number of cases increase more than 50% in the previous 10 days.

We met George Lakey from West Philadelphia on Kelly Drive Friday with his mask on hand.

He says he has continued to wear it despite the mask mandate currently being lifted.

“When I get close, I use my mask. On the cart to get here and anytime when there’s a risk,” Lakey said.

He says he’s fine with bringing the mandate back.

“It makes sense, and a lot of people just need that extra encouragement,” Lakey said.

Others like Greg Davis, also from West Philadelphia, say no.

“I’m not happy about it if it does. We’ve been doing this now for two years. The body is starting to adapt. Society is starting to adapt, and now you’re going back to the masks? Will it really help?” said Davis.

CHOP’s PolicyLab advised against new masking requirements and said in a statement: “Our team does not recommend required masking as hospital capacity is good.”

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