Pennsylvania mandates masks be worn inside private homes if guests are over

Given the potentially criminal spectacle that passed for election management, it may be understandable that some in Pennsylvania should wear masks, but officials in the Keystone State may have gone too far with a mandate requiring residents to wear facemasks inside their own homes.

With COVID-19 reportedly surging around the country and a vaccine expected soon, a number of Democrat-run states inch closer to another round of lockdowns and seem dead set on interfering with holiday plans.


In California, the state was limiting who can come to your home, how many, and even for how long, but Gov. Gavin Newsom decided to trump that this week, issuing a Stay-at-Home order. In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown issued a two-week freeze order that limits indoor and outdoor gatherings to six people from no more than two households, under the threat of jail — violators face up to 30 days in the hoosegow and/or $1,250 in fines.

But the Pennsylvania Department of Health told residents there to wear face masks in their own homes when guests are over “to control the spread of [COVID-19].

The “new mitigation efforts” issued by transgender Health Secretary Rachel Levine include “strengthening” a masking order and requiring visitors from another state to get tested within 72 hours before entering Pennsylvania.

“Masks are still required. Indoors: masks now required anytime you’re with people outside of your household, even if you’re socially distant,” the department said in a tweet. “Applies to all indoor facilities + if you have people in your home not part of your household.”

Levine called on residents to do the “selfless, right thing.”

“We must remain united in stopping COVID-19. Wear a mask, wash your hands, stay apart and download the COVID Alert PA app. If you test positive, please answer the call of the case reviewer and provide information that can help protect others. It’s the selfless, right thing to do,” Levine said.

At a press conference Thursday, Levine said that a vaccine could be available by December.

“If the federal approval process remains on track, we still have to see that, we could have a vaccine within the next month,” the official said, according to CBS Pittsburgh.

“However, we do not know how quickly the vaccine supply will meet the demand. It is important to remember again that when the vaccine becomes available, it will not be a cure, certainly not an immediate cure or end to the coronavirus pandemic,” Levine said.

Believe it or not, some on the left called for stricter requirements and repercussions.

Others have seen enough when it comes to authoritative Democratic officials trying to dictate what people can do in their private lives.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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Tom Tillison


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