Philadelphia announced it is reinstating its indoor mask mandate beginning April 18.
Students will be required to wear masks in schools when they return from spring break.
All public places will require masks due to ‘rising Covid cases,’ Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole announced on Monday.
According to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, there are 142 Covid cases as of April 8 and 44 people were hospitalized because of Covid, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported:
By resuming the indoor mask mandate, city officials hope to stave off another surge in hospitalizations and deaths that could accompany the current case increase that appears to be caused by the BA.2 omicron subvariant.
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