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Face Masks Required in Homes in PA When Company’s Present

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Pennsylvania now requires people to wear face masks in their homes if they’ve got people from other households visiting.

This is just one of many new COVID-19 mitigation orders issued Tuesday by state Health Secretary Rachel Levine in response to a rising number of reported cases.

In Schuylkill County, the state reports that we have a 12.7% positivity rate on COVID tests and in the last month or so, there has been a rise in the number of reported positive cases and reported COVID-related deaths locally.

Face Masks Must Be Worn in Homes in Pennsylvania

The new orders outlined on Tuesday afternoon are as follows:

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New Face Mask Orders

The new face mask orders in Pennsylvania actually “strengthens” the previous order but doesn’t come with any enforcement threats.

According to today’s press briefing and information released by the Dept. of Health:

  • Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors when outside of your home.
  • Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors even if you’re socially distanced from others.

These orders apply to any “indoor facility” including:

  • Homes
  • Retail stores
  • Gyms
  • Doctors’ offices
  • On public transportation
  • In food prep areas

“Wearing a mask is one of the simplest steps to take to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Levine said to reporters on Tuesday, also admitted that she believe a “majority” of Pennsylvanians do wear masks when they’re supposed to.  “We must all be diligent in wearing masks all the time.”

Like in the past, there’s no plan for the state to start enforcing these rules. Instead, Pennsylvania is putting that on businesses.

“It is the responsibility of businesses to enforce the universal masking orders. We don’t want that to lead to conflict,” she said.

Testing Mandate for Travelers In and Out of Pennsylvania

New orders were also issued on Tuesday related to interstate travel and COVID testing.

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Levine says it’s now required that people who enter Pennsylvania from another state must get a COVID test within 72 hours of getting here and it must be negative. That can be people entering by any means of transportation.

If a person entering Pennsylvania does not get a test, they’re ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving.

However, like the updated mask order, there is no plan to enforce it.

“We can’t check every car in Pennsylvania and we have no plans to check people on planes,” Levine said. “These measures are similar to what other states are doing. What we’re asking is for people not to travel. If people are going to travel into our state, we want them to have a negative test within 72 hours.”

This rule also applies to Pennsylvanians who leave the state and want to come back for any reason other than work. This order goes into effect on Friday, Nov. 20.

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No Color Phases

Levine responded to a press question about the possibility of reinstating the color-coded system used to emerge from the most draconian lockdown phases of the pandemic.

She said there is no plan to go back to the Red, Yellow, or Green “scheme” used earlier in 2020. Levine did say that Tuesday’s updated orders were “an important START” to targeted mitigation efforts from the Pennsylvania Health Dept.

Another part of the orders called on colleges and universities to implement a testing strategy and routines for testing and reporting of COVID cases. And she called on schools to enforce masking and social distancing policies.

Levine also said that based on data provided by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Pennsylvania could run out of ICU beds in December. She called on hospitals to move up and reduce any elective procedures.

You can watch the full press conference below:

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  1. coalregion12

    November 17, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    This rule also applies to Pennsylvanians who leave the state and want to come back for any reason other than work. This order goes into effect on Friday, Nov. 20

    So the virus knows if you are working out of state it(virus) will not infect you, but any other means of going in and out of state it will infect you, Got it, Rachel!
    People in 10 to 20 years will look back at this and will laugh at our ignorance.

  2. Cindy

    November 18, 2020 at 10:56 am

    According to today’s press briefing and information released by the Dept. of Health:

    “Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors when outside of your home.
    Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors even if you’re socially distanced from others.”

    So you have to wear masks in your yard now????? AND inside your own house???? How much more ridiculous will this get??? STOP THIS NONSENSE!

    • Mickey Gish

      November 19, 2020 at 10:28 pm

      People need to go to the State Capitol and to the Wolf’s Lair in Harrisburg and protest and stand up against all this tyrrany before we have no freedom left. And to all voted for Fuhrer Wolf and his freakshow Secretary of Health, shame on you . I hope you are happy for your part in eroding our freedoms and destroying our great state.

  3. Lizzie

    November 18, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I agree with Cindy. Stupid – ridiculous – nonsense. I am not wearing a mask in my own home. As a matter of fact, I have told contractors who have come into my home that it is their choice if they want to keep their masks on or not. I am in charge in my own home…not King Tom I or Levine.

  4. PTFloridians

    November 18, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    These knobs are completely out of control.
    Our PA House and Senate need to get smart and constitutionally stop this cabal.
    Enough of this madness. For almost a year now, 70-90% of our national population (Pew Research) have worn masks…guess what…didn’t work…doesn’t work…total bullshit.
    These two crepey-looking ghouls can go get lost. Betcha’ Der Komissar is bound for Florida, like he was earlier this year…what a hypocritical tyrant.

  5. PTFloridians

    November 18, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    These knobs are completely out of control.
    Our PA House and Senate need to get smart and constitutionally stop this cabal.
    Enough of this madness. For almost a year now, 70-90% of our national population (Pew Research) have worn masks…guess what…didn’t work…doesn’t work…total bullshit.
    These two crepey-looking ghouls can go get lost. Betcha’ Der Komissar is bound for Florida, like he was earlier this year…what a hypocritical tyrant, Leftist dirtbag, along with the LT Gov. Communist Fetterman.

    • Jimmy Z

      November 19, 2020 at 10:25 pm

      Amen PTFloridians. Totally agree.

  6. Jane

    November 19, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    I have been trying to open the Biden quote and video about the voter fraud. Nothing happens. Blocked??? The press conference was just on FOX about voter fraud and Dominion voting systems from Giuliani and Powell.

    • Canary Commenter

      November 19, 2020 at 2:06 pm

      Not sure what the problem is. Just checked and it seems to be working fine.

  7. Chris Tian

    November 19, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    God will punish you all fake ass luciferians… He us coming for you. And if you consent to that vaccine that makes you non human then God will disqualify you from your eternal reward in Heaven.. this is the spiritual war on earth your grandparents told you about. Jesus is Lord and master.

  8. Mark

    November 19, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    So we are going to take orders from the PA Dept of Health Secretary who cannot decide whether he is a woman or man, yet is going to mandate dictatorship style rules to all. I don’t think so.They said all this nonsense last year was supposed to flatten the curve. If it didn’t then, why will it now? WOLF and LEVINE are Pathetic excuses of left wing nutjob Power hungry politicians who are completely out of touch with reality and the people. People need to take a stand and take back our liberty before it’s too late.

  9. Mickey Gish

    November 19, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    People need to go to the State Capitol and to the Wolf’s Lair in Harrisburg and protest and stand up against all this tyrrany before we have no freedom left. And to all voted for Fuhrer Wolf and his freakshow Secretary of Health, shame on you . I hope you are happy for your part in eroding our freedoms and destroying our great state.

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