Philly issues new mandates on health care, higher ed

Health care workers, college students and staff will either have to be fully vaccinated or wear double masks indoors, maintain social distancing and undergo COVID testing at least once a week. 
By: | August 17, 2021

A day after implementing new COVID guidelines for businesses, city leaders will announce new mandates for health care workers and college students in Philadelphia.

Members of the Philadelphia Board of Health spoke about the mandates for health care and higher education institutions in the city during a virtual meeting on Thursday. Under those guidelines, health care workers, college students and staff will either have to be fully vaccinated or wear double masks indoors, maintain social distancing and undergo COVID testing at least once a week.

Officials said everyone in health care and higher education institutions will either need to be vaccinated or designated as exempt by October 15. Those who are exempt must abide by the mask and testing mandates.

They also said the guidelines are in reaction to an increase of positive COVID cases among college students.

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