Mayor announces new indoor mask mandate

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is taking large steps to get the coronavirus pandemic nether power erstwhile and for all. A caller disguise mandate volition instrumentality effect astatine midnight Thursday.

Face coverings indispensable beryllium worn wrong unless the concern requires impervious of vaccination.

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To quell rising COVID-19 cases, Philadelphia officials announced sweeping restrictions Wednesday, including a mandate effectual astatine midnight Thursday that businesses successful the metropolis necessitate either masks oregon impervious of vaccination for each its employees and customers.

“We cognize we request to instrumentality stronger steps to support our residents,” Mayor Jim Kenney said.

Kenney announced caller COVID-19 restrictions for Philadelphia connected Wednesday to combat cases that person doubled 3 times successful a month.

“Things don’t look bully close now, particularly successful airy of what we’re seeing successful different states,” Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said.

The metropolis volition present necessitate masks indoors astatine each locations unless vaccinations are required for everyone. Masks volition besides beryllium required astatine each outdoor, unseated gatherings of much than 1,000 people.

For indoor dining, masks volition beryllium required unless the edifice requires impervious of vaccination for patrons and staff. There are nary changes for outdoor dining, which tin proceed unrestricted.

“I’m upset,” Kenney said.

The politician expressed vexation that the caller mandates are needed due to the fact that astir 30% of the metropolis has not been vaccinated.

“This amazes maine that this is the astir elemental happening to bash to support yourself harmless and your household harmless and your assemblage harmless and radical inactive garbage to bash it,” Kenney said.

Starting Sept. 1, each metropolis employees volition beryllium required to beryllium afloat vaccinated if they enactment wrong oregon beryllium double-masked.

“Getting vaccinated isn’t conscionable a idiosyncratic decision,” Bettigole said. “It’s a determination that affects each of us.”

City officials accidental the caller restrictions are medically indispensable but measured to not further interaction the economy.

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Most metropolis unions are expressing support.

“A mandate volition assistance successful stopping this disease,” American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 33 President Ernest Garrett said.

But the Firefighters and Paramedics Union is opposed to the caller restrictions.

“We are not going to beryllium determination and tolerate anyone jamming thing down our throats,” Local 22 Philly President Mike Bresnan said.

“If idiosyncratic wants to writer america for trying to support them alive, past we’ll spot what the justice has to say,” Kenney said.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles updated their wellness and information protocols pursuing the city’s caller requirements.

Fans volition beryllium required to deterioration masks portion astatine locations indoors astatine Lincoln Financial Field but not portion outdoors. Fans volition not person to amusement impervious of vaccination astatine the Linc, the Eagles said.

Unvaccinated fans are powerfully encouraged to ever deterioration a disguise unless eating oregon drinking. Fans should besides bring their ain masks with them to the stadium.

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Officials said anyone who violates the caller COVID-19 information requirements tin look fines.

Philadelphia residents tin get impervious of vaccination if they mislaid their cards by calling the city’s COVID-19 telephone halfway astatine 215-685-5488 oregon emailing COVID@phila.gov.

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CBS’s Stephanie Stahl contributed to this report.

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