Philadelphia promises indoor mask mandate

Philadelphia health officials have repealed the reintroduced indoor mask mandate that went into effect earlier this week.

“Due to a recent smoothing of the number of cases and a decrease in Covid-19 hospital admissions in the city, masks are strongly recommended but are no longer required in public indoor settings, with the exception of health care and community settings,” Philadelphia Health Department tweeted Friday morning.

The decision comes three days after the indoor mask mandate went into effect on April 18th. The city had dropped its indoor mask mandate on March 2, and on April 11 announced plans to reinstate it in light of increasing numbers of cases of Covid-19.

No major city in the United States had joined Philadelphia in reinstating the mandate since the April 11 announcement.

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