Pennsylvania to mandate masks in K-12 schools, day cares

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A class of students walks through the hallway during the first day of school at Mars Area Elementary School, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, in Mars, Pa. Masks are optional for students and teachers. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is planning to announce that masks will be required in all Pennsylvania K-12 schools, starting Tuesday, Sept. 7.

That’s according to two people briefed on the plan. The people were not authorized to release details ahead of an official announcement and spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity.  

Wolf and administration officials are scheduled to hold a news conference on COVID-19 and the schools Tuesday afternoon.

Watch the announcement live at 2 p.m. in the player above

The state is taking action amid a statewide resurgence of COVID-19 that is filling hospital beds just as students return to class.


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