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Philadelphia Businesses, Residents File Lawsuit Against Newly Reinstated Mask Mandate


Multiple businesses and residents in Philadelphia have filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court seeking to overturn the city’s renewed indoor masking mandate for COVID-19.
Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole announced on April 11 that the city would reinstate indoor masking on April 18 in an effort to stem a surge of infections, after previously ending the mask mandate on March 2.
The temporary emergency order comes amid a more than 50 percent rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city compared to the previous 10 days, officials said.
The lawsuit, filed in Commonwealth Court on April 16, states that Philadelphia lacks the authority to impose such a mandate and accuses city health officials of having “usurped the power and authority” of state lawmakers, the state Department of Health, and the state advisory health board.
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