Dr. Levine: Decision is not a blanket end to mitigation orders

Health Secretary says orders referenced in court case were expired; many still in place

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HARRISBURG – We must all stay the course to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities from the spread of COVID-19…That’s the message from Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine.  She says in a release that the federal court decision issued regarding a Butler County court case this week is not a blanket end to the protection and mitigation orders in place.

Dr. Levine says the order on mask-wearing, mandatory telework, and safety measures for workers, buildings and hospitals are still in effect. She said the court ruling also does not impact any of the business occupancy restrictions in place, including those for personal care services, indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities, entertainment venues, and bars and restaurants.

A federal judge ruled that many of the governor’s pandemic shutdown orders were unconstitutional. The Wolf administration has said it is disappointed with the judge’s opinion and will see a stay of the decision and file an appeal.

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