NEW: People Should Wear Masks In Their Own Homes ‘If You Have People In Your Home Not Part Of Your Household’

A new mask mandate in the state of Pennsylvania encourages residents to wear masks whenever they go into public.

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said the mandate also encourages residents in the state to wear masks in their own homes, should they invite anyone over that is not from their household.

The “mitigation efforts and orders in place are more important than ever,” she said in an address, as the state’s coronavirus cases are continuing to rise.

As BizPac Review reports, the new order resumes an order initially given in April and adds a number of other precautions: “requiring protective face coverings to be worn indoors and outdoors, including private homes as well as food service facilities, schools, gyms, and on public transportation.”

“Wearing a mask is really one of the simplest steps we can all take to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is critical,” Levine said in her address.

The PA Department of Health followed up the secretary’s comments in a series of tweets that explains the quarantine process for those traveling out of state.

The tweets read:

Today Secretary Levine announced targeted efforts to control the spread of #COVID19 in Pennsylvania, including:

  • Issuing memo to acute care hospital CEOs/CMOs outlining opportunity to work collaboratively + expectations if they don’t to ensure health systems can provide care
  • Issuing order requiring anyone who visits PA from another state to get tested w/in 72 hours before entering PA. Pa’ians who traveled to other states must follow same rules when coming home. Does not apply to those who commute to/from another state for work or medical treatment
  • Strengthening masking order. Masks are still required. Indoors: masks now required anytime you’re with people outside of your household, even if you’re socially distant. Applies to all indoor facilities + if you have people in your home not part of your household
  • DOH + @PADeptofEd issuing recommendations for colleges and universities to develop and implement a testing strategy to prevent outbreaks when students return to campus from the holiday break