Officials in Philadelphia stated that the city’s indoor mask mandate rule, which went into effect on Monday, April 18, will be overturned.
The rationale for the adjustment, according to Mayor Jim Kenney‘s administration, is a decrease in coronavirus-related hospitalizations and daily case counts.
However, the city will continue to strongly advise all residents to wear masks indoors, but will not impose a mask requirement.
The mayor’s office did not say when the adjustment will be implemented. They added that more information would be presented at a briefing today.
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Through a state lawsuit, a coalition of businesses and people attempted to overturn the “wearing masks” requirement. This group, which included Thomas W. King III, claimed that Philadelphia lacked the jurisdiction to enforce the mandate, that it contradicted the state constitution, and that it went against the CDC’s guidelines.
On the other side, a federal judge in Florida knocked down the national mask law, which applied to flights and other forms of public transportation, the same day Philly reinstated the mask mandate.
That judement appeared to give operators more leeway when it came to masking regulations.
As a result, SEPTA declared hours later that masks were suggested but not necessary for customers and personnel on SEPTA vehicles and in SEPTA stations and concourses.
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