calendar June 30, 2020 in Public Health

City Requires Masks in Public

On June 26, Mayor Jim Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley signed an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Philadelphia.

In addition to staying at home, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands thoroughly, wearing a mask in public is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others around you from COVID-19. Many people are making their own masks for themselves and others with what they have available at home. Here are some tips to make sure you know why, when, and how to properly use a mask.

Why wear a mask

You can transmit COVID-19 coronavirus even if you don’t feel sick. Some people can be contagious without even knowing that they have COVID-19. Remember that washing hands and keeping away from others are still important even though you are wearing a mask.

When to use a mask

Inside any public space
Outside when you can’t maintain a social distance of 6 feet
In a group setting (shelter, group home)
On public transportation or in a ride-share service

Note: Social distancing is still important, even if you wear a mask. You should still limit your close contact with others outside your home. Wearing a mask is not an excuse to hang out with friends, neighbors, and family who do not live with you.