COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is available to everyone 12 and older! Find a City-run vaccine clinic or partner vaccine clinic to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you have questions about vaccination, call (215) 685-5488.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Museum guidance

The following is intended as a plain-language summary of rules during the COVID-19 emergency and does not replace the need to follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.


Philadelphia mask mandate

Philadelphia’s mask mandate went into effect on August 12, 2021 to combat the COVID-19 emergency in Philadelphia.

  • Masks will be required indoors at all Philadelphia businesses and institutions.
  • Businesses and institutions that do not require vaccination for employees and customers/patrons are exempted from having a mask requirement.
  • Businesses and institutions that do not require everyone who enters to be vaccinated, will require everyone on site to wear a mask, including staff, except only:
    • When actively eating and drinking while seated or at a standing table of no more than four people.
    • Anyone who is not seated or at a table may not eat and/or drink.
  • If any individual is unvaccinated, everyone in the institution must be masked when the masked, unvaccinated person is present, no matter the reason the person is unvaccinated (i.e. medical or religious exemption).

Communicate

  • Once you’ve decided how you will comply with the mask mandate, create a plan to communicate to patrons and staff in advance to give them time to prepare to enter/frequent your establishment.
  • Communication such as signage and announcements will also help patrons understand how to keep themselves safe while visiting your establishment. See Health Department posters on masking and vaccination requirements.
  • Display signs about special events/hours (see below: Designating “special” events/hours).

Proof of vaccination

If you require that patrons and staff provide proof of vaccination:

  • Determine whether you will check vaccination status upon entry to your business or institution. Read more about ways to check for proof of vaccination (PDF).
  • If checking upon entry, determine procedures for checking vaccination status.
  • Ensure that staff and customers are asked about vaccination in a respectful manner and consistent with applicable privacy laws and standards. Businesses and institutions must obey all applicable local, state, tribal, and territorial laws, regulations, and rules as they consider whether to confirm COVID-19 vaccination status.

Masking

If your establishment will not be vaccination-only:

  • Patrons and staff (including any performers, if applicable) must be masked at all times while indoors:
    • Except when actively eating and drinking while seated or at a standing table of no more than four people.
    • Anyone who is not seated or at a table may not eat or drink.
  • Create a plan for how you will ensure masking in your establishment.
  • Consider having masks on hand to distribute to customers/patrons who do not have a mask upon entry or whose mask has gotten lost or damaged.
  • Create prominent signage to remind customers and staff to remain masked unless actively eating or drinking while seated or at a standing table of no more than four people, if this is applicable to your establishment. See Health Department posters on masking and vaccination requirements.
  • Consider utilizing staff to remind customers to properly mask while on site. Train staff to remind patrons in a respectful manner. Read Health Department tips for asking patrons to mask (PDF).
  • Businesses and institutions should keep a dated contact list of all unmasked patrons for 14 days to help with contact tracing, if needed.
  • If an employee develops a COVID-19 infection or has a positive test, businesses and other organizations must take additional precautions to stop the virus from spreading further. To learn more, see What to do if someone tests positive for COVID-19 at work. To report illness, contact the Health Department by calling: 215-685-5488 or emailing: covid@phila.gov.
  • Businesses are required to allow employees to isolate or quarantine or to care for family members who need to isolate or quarantine and cannot take an adverse employment action against that employee for doing so. See the City’s anti-retaliation law (PDF).

Designating “special” events/hours

  • If your business or organization does not require patrons/employees to be vaccinated, you may choose to host a vaccinated-only event, or determine specific hours when your business is open to vaccinated patrons only. The designated hours of operation should be distinct so there is never a question as to whether someone who is unmasked is vaccinated or not. Staff for these designated events/hours must also be vaccinated.
  • Alternatively, if your establishment is open to vaccinated patrons only, you may choose to host an all-masked event, or all-masked-only hours where patrons who are unvaccinated can enter the establishment. Everyone, including staff, must be masked regardless of vaccination status.
  • Read more about general prevention strategies.
  • Follow Office guidance and Restaurant and mobile food cart guidance if there are offices or a restaurant(s) within your establishment.
  • If you have questions or concerns, contact the Health Department by calling: 215-685-5488 or emailing: covid@phila.gov.

See also


  • Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
  • Call (800) 722-7112 to speak to a health care professional on the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline.

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