If You Don’t Wear a Mask to PA Businesses, You Could Be Turned Away

Written by on April 17, 2020

If You Don’t Wear a Mask to PA Businesses, You Could Be Turned Away

By K.C. Lopez

April 17, 2020

Photo | K.C. Lopez / WLVR

A newly-signed executive order in Pennsylvania requires all employees of essential businesses, and most customers, to wear masks. 

But as WLVR’s K.C. Lopez reports, for ordinary residents it may be unclear how to use personal protective equipment effectively.

State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine explained the new guidelines this week.

“We recommend that if someone comes to a retail store, a grocery store, and doesn’t have a mask, that they be asked to go home and get a mask,” said Levine.

Stores supplying medical items or food are also being told to prepare alternative methods of pick-up or delivery by Sunday; when the order goes into effect. 

Dr. Mark Knouse of Lehigh Valley Health Network says the cloth masks recommended by the CDC are an important strategy to slow the spread of the virus, but notes that using them correctly is crucial.

“The front of the mask is considered contaminated. So one should not really touch the front of the mask except in the initial deployment of the mask. After using the mask you should be very careful to remove the mask from the straps behind the ears and not touch the front of the mask. And always remember, before and after placing and removing the mask, hand hygiene should occur,” said Knouse.

Cloth masks should also be washed every day, after use. Knouse says masks and gloves should be used in addition to other protective measures like social distancing and handwashing; not in place of those strategies. 

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