Last Updated 1 p.m. EDT, 8/16/2021


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As COVID-19 cases surge nationwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidance on wearing masks indoors on July 27. This affects anyone who is fully vaccinated. Reaction to the announcement in Philadelphia is mixed.

Philadelphia has seen a steady increase of COVID-19 cases now driven by the more contagious Delta variant, hospital rates are also up. The city issued new mask guidance starting on Aug. 12. In Philadelphia, face coverings must be worn inside unless the business requires proof of vaccination.

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Pennsylvania announced new COVID-19 vaccine requirements. All employees in the Commonwealth who work in state health care and high-risk congregate facilities will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 7.


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Several South Jersey counties are partnering with local school districts to hold vaccination events before the school year begins. The goal is to have students vaccinated as quickly as possible before returning to the classroom.

Central Bucks School District is in a contentious debate over its mask-optional policy for the 2021-22 school year, a move many parents have applauded.


All Philadelphia health care workers and all staff, students and faculty at colleges and universities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 15, unless they have a medical or religious exception.

Pennsylvania is offering an incentive for all vaccinated employees. An additional 7.5 or 8 hours of paid time off will be given to all vaccinated state employees under Wolf’s jurisdiction beginning Oct. 1.

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The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Day 1 of Training Camp they have a 90% vaccination rate.