As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf extended the stay-at-home order until May 8. On April 3, he also recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask if they must leave their homes, and starting April 19, all essential business customers and workers were mandated to wear masks.
Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to health problems (including children 2 and under) can enter these businesses without the need for a mask, according to PennLive.
Members of the general public don’t need a surgical mask which are needed for health care workers and first responders. Instead, they are encouraged to wear homemade fabric or cloth masks. Masks can protect from germs and infectious droplets in the air by containing coughs and sneezes.
Everyone won’t have the resources to make their own masks and Gov. Wolf mentioned when a homemade mask can’t be acquired, a scarf or bandana can be utilized. Pennsylvania’s website states that by implementing community use of this homemade fabric or cloth masks, everyone will have a higher degree of protection from this virus.
Many essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pet stores, and pharmacies have made it mandatory to wear masks while in-store. Workers are asked to be monitoring people coming in, they are told to tell people who are not wearing masks that they are not allowed into the store.
According to pa.gov, everyone should remember the phrase: “My mask protects you, your mask protects me.”
Wearing masks protects the people around you. Increasing the overall number of people who are wearing masks, AKA containing their coughs, sneezes, and other droplets will help control the overall spread of the virus.
Governor Wolf has continuously taken measures to ensure the safety and health of Pennsylvanians. He mentions, “All Pennsylvanians have an important role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives.” Here is the state’s site for resources to help individuals, families, and businesses do their part, https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.