Philadelphia officials recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors


Philadelphians are advised to resume wearing masks indoors, even if they are fully vaccinated. The Philadelphia Department of Health said Thursday that anyone visiting an indoor public space should wear a face mask, regardless of their immunization status.

The city does not appear to officially require the wearing of face masks at this time, but the announcement leaves many wondering if such a move could be imminent.

The health ministry has expressed concern about a slight increase in hospitalizations among children under 12 because they are too young to be vaccinated.

“It’s time for all of us to do what we need to do to protect the children of our city,” Philadelphia Acting Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole said in a written statement. “It means being fully immunized if you haven’t already, and it means we all have to start wearing masks in public again.”

Philadelphia reported 56 cases of the COVID-19 virus on Monday. It is a big increase. Like earlier this month (and much of June), the city averaged around 24 cases per day, investigator’s reports.

“Now is the time to act. Doing it now will help us avoid it before it gets really bad, ”said James Garrow, spokesperson for the city’s Department of Public Health, on Thursday.

The city’s original mandate for the masks was lifted just over a month ago, on June 11.

Across the country, there has been a worrying increase in COVID-19 cases over the past month as the delta variant of the virus spreads.

People vaccinated have reported an increase in breakthrough infections, however, their cases are often not as severe as someone who is not vaccinated, officials say.

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