Philadelphia city health authorities said on Thursday night that it will end its indoor mask mandate, reversing its decision after a few days of imposing the order.
Philadelphia’s health department said that the Board of Health voted to end the mandate on Thursday.
“Due to decreasing hospitalizations and a leveling of case counts, the City will move to strongly recommending masks in indoor public spaces as opposed to a mask mandate. Given the latest data, the BOH voted to rescind the mandate,” a Philadelphia health department spokesperson said.
Philadelphia brought back its mask mandate on Monday for indoor public venues such as restaurants, schools, and businesses, in response to what appeared to be a fresh wave of coronavirus transmissions.
Philadelphia had become the first major U.S. city to reinstate its indoor mask mandate.
Philadelphia city officials said they will lift the mandate on Friday morning.
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