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Governor Tom Wolf's administration will not recommend new statewide mask mandate

6abc Action News
6abc Action News
 2021-07-28

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Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he is not considering a statewide mask mandate as coronavirus cases surge in Pennsylvania and across the country, while his administration said it is not requiring masks in schools.

RELATED: One of Pennsylvania's largest school districts votes to make masks optional

This announcement comes after one of the state's largest school districts, Central Bucks, voted Tuesday to make masks optional for the upcoming school year regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status in Bucks County.

Wolf, speaking on KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh, said his strategy to fight the spread of COVID-19 has been the vaccine, and will continue to be. The masking mandate was for when there was no vaccine, Wolf said.

"People have the ability, each individual to make the decision to get a vaccine," Wolf said. "If they do, that's the protection."

Wolf's comments came just before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant of the coronavirus is fueling infection surges.

Citing new information about the variant's ability to spread among vaccinated people, the CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors at schools nationwide, regardless of vaccination status.

Wolf's administration also said it is not considering mandating masks in K-12.

However, it said it is recommending that Pennsylvanians and Pennsylvania schools follow federal guidance on mask-wearing.

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