These guidelines refer to masking for the general public.
Masking is no longer a requirement in Philadelphia. However, masking is still an important tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses. You may decide to wear a mask or respirator (like an N95 or KN95) when you are indoors in public settings. Individual healthcare facilities may have masking requirements for staff and visitors. Learn more about masking in healthcare settings (PDF).
People may choose to wear a mask at any time. No individual should be prohibited from wearing a mask or respirator for any reason. Even if you are not at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you may decide to wear a mask in certain settings to protect yourself from illness. A high-quality mask (N95 or KN94) can limit your exposure to COVID-19 particles in the air and can be especially helpful if you are in poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
The Health Department will continue to monitor local level transmission data. You can review the latest available data on our testing data dashboard.