Universal masking

Updated Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings

Frequently Asked Questions

Created November 17, 2020; Updated June 28, 2021

The Updated Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings was lifted on June 28, 2021. There is no longer a statewide requirement to wear masks. Pennsylvanians should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance and policies. In addition, all individuals should still follow guidance at workplaces, local businesses, long-term and residential care facilities, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.

What can I do now that I am fully vaccinated? Should I still wear a mask if I am fully vaccinated?

If you've been fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. This does not apply to patients, staff or visitors within a healthcare setting.

  • You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

  • If you travel in the United StatesOpens In A New Window, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.

  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destinationOpens In A New Window before traveling outside the United States.

    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.

    • You still need to show a negative test resultOpens In A New Window or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.

    • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.

    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

  • If you've been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

    • However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility, a residential facility, or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19,  it is recommended you still get tested, even if you don't have symptoms.

For now, if you've been fully vaccinated:

View more information for vaccinated Pennsylvanians.

Do I still need to wear a mask in a health care setting?

Regardless of vaccine status, you will still need to follow guidance in healthcare settings.  Different facilities may have different guidance – you should always check with the facility if you are uncertain of current guidance for masking and other COVID-19 disease control measures.

All health care personnel should follow the CDC guidance for source controlOpens In A New Window and PPE useOpens In A New Window in health care settings.

All patients and residents of a health care setting should follow the CDC guidance for source controlOpens In A New Window, which continues to recommend universal mask wearing for patients and residents with very minimal exceptions.

All visitors in a health care setting should follow the CDC guidance for source controlOpens In A New Window, which continues to recommend universal mask wearing for visitors with very minimal exceptions.

View more information for various health care settings.

Updated 7/21/20 - Sources (1)