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Philly is forcing unvaccinated city workers to wear TWO face masks

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 8/12/2021 Alastair Talbot For Dailymail.Com
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Philadelphia city officials must wear two face masks at work if they still haven't had their COVID vaccine by September 1, according to new rules shared Thursday.   

The edict applies to all city employees who work inside, with the city's Acting Health Commissioner Dr Cheryl Bettigole insisting it was for the greater good. 

Explaining one of the most controversial new rules unveiled by Mayor Jimmy Kenney, she said: 'Getting vaccinated isn't just a personal decision. It's a decision that affects all of us.'

Face coverings must be worn by customers and employees indoors unless businesses require proof of vaccination, according to health officials.

The mandate went into effect at midnight on Thursday, and is intended to cajole the estimated 30 per cent of the city's population that is still yet to have a COVID vaccine into getting jabbed. 

'That means everyone in Philadelphia must wear a mask when going into any business or institution, with an exception for those that require vaccinations.' 

'Restaurants and bars will need to require masks for all staff and customers, except when people are seated and actively eating and drinking,' according to Dr Bettigole

Mayor Jim Kenny said that the decision was necessary to 'take stronger steps to protect our residents' as 30% of the city's population still hasn't been vaccinated.

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He added that he was upset 'that people can't act in the way they are supposed to act...and do what's good for everybody' and pleaded for people to 'please just get vaccinated.'

Similar to most big cities in the U.S., Philadelphia has seen its number of cases double three times in a month.     

'Things don't look good right now, especially in light of what we're seeing in other states,' Dr Bettigole said. 

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The city will now require masks indoors at all locations unless vaccinations are required for everyone. Masks will also be required at all outdoor, unseated gatherings of more than 1,000 people. 

For indoor dining, masks will be required unless the restaurant requires proof of vaccination for patrons and staff. There are no changes for outdoor dining, which can continue unrestricted.   

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Local organizations, such as The Philadelphia Eagles, have updated their health and safety protocols following the city's new requirements.

Eagles fans will be required to wear masks while at locations indoors at Lincoln Financial Field but not while outdoors. 

Proof of fans' vaccination status at the stadium won't be necessary, the Eagles said in a statement published on Twitter earlier today. 

City officials said anyone who violates the new COVID-19 safety requirements can face fines.   

The average number of reported daily COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is continuing to rise as hospitals across the country are reaching their breaking point due to the spread of the Delta variant. 

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On Wednesday, the U.S. recorded 135,177 new cases of the virus with a seven-day rolling average of 122,788, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

This represents a 207 percent from the average of 39,939 reported three weeks ago and is the highest figure seen since February 3, when the average sat at 128,333, according to a analysis.

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Meanwhile, San Francisco became the latest major U.S. city to mandate full vaccination for many indoor activities.

The city announced on Thursday that proof of full vaccination would be required for entry to restaurants, gyms and other indoor venues, aiming to curb a new wave of COVID infections that has prompted public health mandates across the country.

Last month, New York announced proof of vaccine - including its state-run Excelsior Pass - must be shown to be able to eat inside a restaurant, bar or go to a gym from August 16.  

San Francisco, which launches its mandate on August 20, is the third major city to issue a sweeping vaccine requirement for indoor businesses after New York and Los Angeles, which only require proof of one vaccination dose.

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Leaders in Democrat-led states and cities have moved swiftly to impose COVID-19 mask and vaccine requirements in the face of the Delta variant.

But conservative states, including Texas and Florida, are resisting calls to mandate face coverings in schools.

Other states, such as California, Illinois, Kentucky and New Jersey, all led by Democratic governors, have required masks to be worn in all schools.

On Thursday, the National Education Association President Becky Pringle, who leads the largest teachers' union in the country, said she supported vaccine mandates for teachers. Her statement came on the heels of a similar announcement from the American Federation of Teachers' president earlier this week. 

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