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Gov. Wolf: Masks are mandatory in Pennsylvania businesses

Gov. Tom Wolf yesterday reminded all Pennsylvania residents and businesses that masks are mandatory when visiting a business.

Multiple state government agencies sent a communication to Pennsylvania businesses this week outlining mask requirements:
• Everyone must wear a mask, unless they have a medical reason not to or are under the age of 2. That includes workers and customers. Remember, my mask protects you and your mask protects me.
• No mask, no shirt, no shoes, no service. If a worker or customer attempts to enter your business without a mask on, ask them to leave and return when they have a mask. A fabric mask is fine.
• Find PPE to protect your workers. Masks and other PPE can be hard to find given the high demand. Check out the online directory of PPE manufacturers and suppliers in Pennsylvania.
• Have good mask hygiene. Don’t touch the front of your mask. Make sure it covers both your nose and mouth. Don’t lift it up when talking to someone. If wearing a fabric mask, make sure you wash it and let it fully dry between uses.

“Wearing masks in a business or when in a public space where social distancing can’t be maintained is a required, vital practice to stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Wolf said. “It’s also a sign of respect for others because your mask is protecting them. Let’s continue to get through this together.”

The state’s business guidance outlines mask-wearing requirements. Visit The state’s restaurant industry guidance outlines mask-wearing requirements specific to restaurants. Visit