PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The explosion of Coronavirus cases has led to the state issuing a new mask mandate and travel restrictions that have taken effect across the country.
So what do you need to know now that these rules are in place? And will you be punished if you do not follow them?
All of this comes less than a week before the Thanksgiving holiday.
In a nutshell, these orders ask you to limit gatherings, stay home, and wear a mask.
The state travel restriction states that anyone traveling from out of state must have a negative test within 72 hours of entering Pa. – or quarantined for 14 days.
This does not apply to people who commute to work or medical care.
With the mask mandate, you must wear one whenever you are around people, inside or outside.
They are also required to be worn whenever you are with people outside your household, even if you are physically distant.
This applies to schools, gyms, doctors̵
“It will be the responsibility of law enforcement and companies to enforce these mandates when people are in these companies,” said Dr. Rachel Levine, Pa. Health Secretary.
Today, @SecretaryLevine announced targeted efforts to control the spread of # COVID19 in Pennsylvania, including:
▪️ Issues note to CEOs / CMOs in emergency care hospital describing the opportunity to work together + expectations if they do not to ensure healthcare systems can provide care pic.twitter.com/N4yzrkylIt
– PA Department of Health (@PAHealthDept) November 17, 2020
“We do not have guidance or mandates from the state on what to enforce in mask orders. We have been lucky when we get a call, we have been able to draw up an amicable agreement between the parties, ”it said. Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp of the Ross Township Police Department.
The concern from health officials and county officials will be the night before Thanksgiving, the holiday itself and Black Friday.
They say it’s up to us to do the right things.