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Pennsylvania implements new restrictions to curb spread of COVID

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PENNSYLVANIA (WBNG) -- In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Wolf Administration has created new guidelines on testing when people come to the state.

The Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, announced new restrictions that will be put in place to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Levine issued an order requiring anyone who visits from another state to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before coming into Pennsylvania. She said people must quarantine for 14 days if they cannot get a test or choose not to get one.

Levine also said, Pennsylvanians visiting other states must have a negative test within 72 hours before returning, or quarantine for 14 days.

The new order on testing goes into effect on Friday, Nov. 20. It does not apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment.

Dr. Levine also signed an order that strengthens the mask order made back in April. This order requires people to wear masks indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home.

When outdoors, a mask must be worn if you cannot stay six feet away from someone not in your household. When indoors, masks are required even if you are physically distant from people not in your household.

Levine says this order applies to every indoor facility including homes, retail businesses, gyms, doctors' offices, public transportation, and anywhere food is prepared, packaged, or served.

For more coronavirus information from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, click here.

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