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Pennsylvania orders employees of essential businesses to wear masks

The state of Pennsylvania has ordered all employees of essential businesses to wear masks.

The new guidance, announced by Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday, requires essential businesses to provide masks to their employees and asks that shifts are staggered to reduce the number of people gathered at any given time.

It also allows businesses to refuse service to customers who are not wearing masks, though if the business sells food, supplies or medication, they must give other no-contact pickup and delivery options for customers without face masks.

The new rules go into effect Sunday.

The state has 26,490 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, according to the state’s department of health.

The state remains under a stay-at-home order through April 30.

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