Philadelphia becomes first major US city to reinstate its indoor mask mandate as cases rise

Philadelphia becomes first major US city to reinstate its indoor mask mandate as cases rise

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  • The city is the first major US metropolitan area to bring back masking requirements after a slew of cities and states dropped restrictions as cases began trending downward in January.
  • The city will move to its second level of Covid-19 restrictions, which requires Philadelphians to wear masks in all indoor public places, including schools, businesses, restaurants and government buildings.
  • “By wearing masks consistently, we can continue to go about our daily lives and continue to take part in the life of our city without contributing to increasing transmission of Covid-19,” Bettigole said.
  • It’s expected that Covid-19 case numbers will rise and fall over the course of the pandemic, White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha told CNN’s New Day Monday, and said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance about what actions to take is in the right place.

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