New Mask Mandate in Philadelphia

City announces new mask mandate for Philadelphians

Philadelphia’s new mask mandate went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Indoors – businesses and institutions 

In Philadelphia businesses and institutions that require vaccination for all employees and patrons are exempted from having a mask requirement. Masks will be required indoors at all Philadelphia businesses and institutions that do not require vaccination for employees and patrons. That means that for businesses and institutions that do not require everyone who enters to be vaccinated, everyone on site will be required to wear a mask.  

Indoor dining 

Indoor dining will be allowed to continue in restaurants.  In restaurants that require proof of vaccination for everyone (staff and patrons), masks will not need to be worn. If vaccine is not required for everyone that enters a restaurant, masks are to be worn by all patrons and staff the entire time while not seated and eating or drinking.  

Non-seated outdoor events

Masks will be required at all non-seated outdoor events in Philadelphia with more than 1,000 attendees.

Learn more about Philadelphia’s new mask mandate.

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