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Masks: Cloth Face Coverings and Surgical Face Masks

A logo displaying a blue orb wearing a face mask In Pennsylvania, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. On July 1, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine signed an official order requiring the universal use of face coveringsMasks are mandatory in all public spaces to stop the spread of COVID-19.

It is expected that staff who provide services wear a face covering or a mask during the entirety of service provision. The only exception is if the staff person lives with the individual. Masks should be worn by staff and individuals during activities in the community in line with the Secretary’s order.

Please note: Cloth face coverings are not considered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and should not be worn in place of a surgical face mask when caring for an individual with COVID-19.

For more information, please see ODP's Reissuing Guidance on Masks, Screening, and Handwashing and DOH's Universal Face Covering Order FAQ Sheet.

Updated July 5, 2020 at 15:00