Here we go again.
With the entire nation - even mentally-challenged, nanny-state fanatics - having more or less moved on from the two-year covid scourge and even Fauci barely making hourly TV appearances, the liberal bastion that is Philadelphia just reminded us that covid will never be truly gone as long as the specter of harvested mail-in balloting is around, and today, with seven months left to go until the midterms - the city of brotherly mugging announced it will once again be under an indoor mask mandate.
The Department of Public Health made the announcement on Monday afternoon during a press briefing.
Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said mask precautions begin Monday, but in order to provide a one-week education period for businesses, masks will be required in all indoor public spaces as of Monday, April 18. Starting April 18, masks will be required in all indoor public spaces, including schools and child care settings, businesses, restaurants, and government buildings.
At that time, residents will be asked to report any business not complying with the mandate to 311.
Bettigole cited a rise in COVID cases as the reason that the city is reinstating the mask requirements for indoor public spaces. Confirmed COVID-19 cases have risen more than 50% in 10 days.
The health department says the city will be move to Level 2: Mask Precautions under its COVID-19 Response guidelines.
Level 2 is reached when the city meets two of the following three criteria:
Average new cases per day are less than 225
Hospitalizations are less than 100
Cases have increased by more than 50% in the previous 10 days.
Under Level 2, you must wear a mask when indoors in public places.
However, there is no vaccine or testing requirement for places that serve food or drink under Level 2.
The city had lifted its indoor mask mandate and moved to the All Clear Level 1 on Wednesday, March 2. Now, 41 days later, the city is bringing it back.
Some colleges in the Northeast, including Columbia, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins, have reinstated indoor mask mandates in recent days.
Expect all other liberal-controlled cities and colleges in the US to follow suit.