PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia officially lifts its final COVID-19 restrictions. Beginning Friday, people in Philadelphia no longer have to wear masks inside, at most locations.
But, if you are not fully vaccinated, health officials recommend keeping the mask on.
“For nearly fifteen months, the City of Philadelphia has had restrictions in place to protect each other, and I have no doubt that these restrictions saved countless lives,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “But Friday will be a day that we’ve all been looking forward to: getting back to doing the things that we love. Thanks to the more than two-thirds of adults who’ve been vaccinated already, we can finally do the things that we’ve missed doing for the last year. I urge everyone who has not been vaccinated to join the more than 800,000 fellow Philadelphians so we can continue to move forward from the pandemic.”
Philadelphia has the lowest number of new coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.
The city cited the vaccination numbers as the motive behind lifting the restrictions.
“Due to the lowest new case counts that we’ve seen since the start of the pandemic, we are now excited to lift the last of the Safer-at-Home restrictions,” Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said. “Lifting the requirement for vaccinated people to wear masks indoors doesn’t mean that we are totally past COVID-19. Dozens of Philadelphians are still being diagnosed with COVID-19 every day, which means that more of us still need to get vaccinated.”
Masks will still be required on public transportation, in schools, and inside healthcare facilities.
Certain businesses may also require face coverings.
The 11 p.m. last call for restaurants also ends Friday.