Pennsylvania state officials are imposing stricter mask regulations on residents and are now requiring the use of masks inside homes. The regulation now requires that people who are not members of the same household who are inside a house must wear masks. This is by far one of the strictest mask regulations in the country today.

Dr. Rachel Levine, the health secretary of the state, who happens to be a transgender, gave the details of the regulations on Tuesday. She said that the coronavirus is still spreading within the state even after all steps that they have taken to control it. Because of that, they are using a stricter mask mandate as the first measure to control the spread of the disease. The draconian measure is arguably the strictest to be imposed in the country so far. Levine claims that “universal face coverings, even when not clinical-level masks, have been an effective mitigation strategy to prevent and control the spread of disease.”

She wrote a letter in which she lists down eight situations wherein a mask is required. According to the list, individuals would have to wear a mask in most situations. The only exception is when one is indoors and is with the members of his or her household. So, it just falls short of requiring a mask even when one is alone inside his home.

Examples of when masks are required in the letter include:

  • As permitted in my Order Directing Mitigation Measures, dated July 15, 2020, as amended, for participation in an indoor or outdoor event, gathering, or group setting where another person or persons, who are not members of the individual’s household are present.

  • Participating in indoor physical activity in a gym, fitness center or group fitness classes, where another person or persons who are not members of the individual’s household are present in the same space, irrespective of physical distance.

This is just the latest example of a state government imposing regulations that are limiting the freedom of its residents. The local governments that are imposing these strict orders are mostly run by Democrats.

These orders are in line with the national mask mandate that Biden has promised he will impose. Biden’s team is also threatening to lock down the country should they get into the White House which would mean economic devastation for the rest of the country.