On Wednesday, Levine expanded a business safety order, originally from March, to now require mask-wearing statewide. The directive says masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves their home, effective immediately.
The rule applies to everyone over the age of 2.
“So that would mean your municipal police department,” he explained, “and where you don’t have local police, it’s enforced by the state police.”
Gov. Tom Wolf said the order is essential to stopping the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania. He added that some coronavirus hotspots can be traced to situations where residents were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing.
Since March, more than 87,000 Pennsylvanians have contracted the virus, and nearly 7,000 have died.
Last week, Philadelphia health officials also required face coverings citywide.