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State mask order to be lifted June 28, or sooner, if 70 percent of adults are fully vaccinated

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Pennsylvania will lift the state-wide mask order on June 28th, or whenever 70 percent of adults in the state are fully vaccinated — whichever comes first, Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam announced Tuesday.

Businesses, municipalities and school districts may still require people to wear masks.

Eyewitness News spent the day speaking with people in Scranton, who say they are excited because, to many, this is the last step in returning back to normal.

“I’m really happy about it. I can’t wait for things to get back to normal,” said Tom Kisthart of Scranton.

Pennsylvania’s mask mandate will be its last mitigation effort, being that all other restrictions will be lifted Monday.    

“Anyone that has been totally vaccinated, I don’t believe should have to wear a mask. I know it’s a trust thing, but I think everyone wants to do the safe thing,” Kiskart said.

“I believe in the beginning it was necessary, for the safety of our staff and customers, but now since the vaccine has rolled out and it’s somewhat being eradicated, it’s about time we go back to normal,” said Jeff Keading, bar manager at Backyard Alehouse.

Keading says he can’t wait for June 28th.

“I think it’s awesome to have a date that we can look forward to so we can be celebrating this all being over, even though it may not ever be. But, June 28th is a good day to look forward to that way we can all, you know, get rid of all the masks and go back to normal,” Keading said.

Acting Secretary Beam says over half of Pennsylvanians are already fully vaccinated, so it’s time we get back to a sense of normalcy.

The DOH says, to date, 52.7 percent of the 18 and older population are fully vaccinated. According to the CDC, 97.7 percent of Pennsylvanians over 65 have received at least one dose of vaccine. 

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