Customers, employees required to wear masks at essential businesses in Pennsylvania

UPDATED: April 16, 7:15 a.m. 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Employees and customers will be required to wear masks, and employers at essential businesses across Pennsylvania must conduct temperature checks if there is a probable case of COVID-19, the state health secretary ordered Wednesday.
Scroll down to read the full text of the order, which becomes enforceable on Sunday, April 19, at 8 p.m. 

Gov. Tom Wolf said all essential businesses must provide masks for employees and make wearing them mandatory. Businesses also must take immediate action if a worker has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, including screening for fevers at the start of each shift.

"It includes closing off, ventilating, cleaning, and disinfecting all work spaces and areas that person had used. It includes notifying employees who were near that person,” Wolf said. 

Today @GovernorTomWolf + @SecretaryLevine announced an order providing worker safety measures to combat #COVID19. Measures include:-- providing masks for employees to wear-- stagger work start/stop times-- provide space for breaks/meals while maintaining social distance of 6'

— PA Department of Health (@PAHealthDept) April 15, 2020

The order also requires employers to ensure break rooms and meal areas have enough space for employees to stay at least 6 feet apart, and prohibit non-essential visitors. 

Wolf said essential businesses must also require customers to wear masks to enter the building. A spokeswoman for the governor said that retailers are expected to "use sound judgment when enforcing the order and not stand in the way of individuals accessing critical food and pharmacy supplies." 

She also said that customers at supermarkets and pharmacies are required to wear masks in the store unless they have a medical condition preventing them from wearing a mask. If the customer doesn’t want to wear a mask, the store has to provide an alternative method of delivering goods to the customer.

Here is the full text of the order: 


KYW Newsradio's Tim Jimenez contributed to this report.