New Philly Mask Requirements • August 12

Below please find the latest news from the City of Philadelphia regarding mask requirements. As additional details become available, we will keep our news section updated.

Dear business owners,

In response to an increase in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Philadelphia, the City announced new policies designed to slow the spread of the dangerous Delta variant.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2021, masks will be required at all Philadelphia businesses and institutions that do not require vaccination for employees and patrons.

Masks will also be required at all outdoor, unseated gatherings of more than 1,000 people.
Indoor dining will be allowed to continue in the following cases:

  • In restaurants that require proof of vaccination, and
  • In restaurants that do not require proof of vaccination, provided that masks are worn by patrons and staff the entire time while not seated and eating or drinking.

Businesses are encouraged to download, print, and hang these informational posters.

If you have questions, contact the Department of Commerce’s Office of Business Services at or 215-683-2100.


City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce
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