COVID-19 Travel Resources and Reopening Guidelines

Mask Up in Philadelphia

September 24, 2020

In the interest of public health and in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, wearing a mask or face covering is required in Philadelphia at all times when inside local businesses, museums and attractions, at restaurants unless while not eating or drinking, and while outside when proper social distancing is not possible. Philadelphia residents and visitors have been responsive to these new guidelines, with over 95% compliance by patrons at local stores at the end of August.

Dr. David Nash, Dean Emeritus of the Jefferson College of Population Health and Chief Health Advisor for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, has also been a strong advocate for wearing masks, stating in a recent webinar that he believes if 60% of the population wore a mask that was 60% effective, “we would’ve crushed this thing months ago.”

Local businesses offering custom masks

In response to these requirements, local attractions, museums, artists, and small businesses have begun offering their own custom face coverings, allowing you to mask up in style and with a little Philadelphia flair added in.

The City of Philadelphia is selling masks branded with language from their #MaskUpPHL campaign, with proceeds benefiting the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium. Shop now.

The Barnes Foundation offers masks inspired by artwork found throughout the renowned collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modernist paintings, including pieces by Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Rousseau. Shop now.

Equally artistic masks are available at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s gift shop (in-person or online), featuring designs inspired from the collection made by local artisan Ana Thorne (who has even more Philadelphia-themed masks in her store). Shop now.

America’s most historic prison, Eastern State Penitentiary, sells masks that highlight the building’s massive complex and influential “hub-and-spoke” architectural design. Shop now.

One of Philadelphia’s original craft breweries, Yards Brewing Company, is offering creative masks via its taproom gift shop or online shop that draw inspiration from the designs of their cans and bottles. Shop now.

Another local brewery, Love City Brewing, has branded bandanas available online and at their Spring Arts brewery that make for great face coverings. Shop now.

Philadelphia’s oldest continuously operating pub, McGillin’s Old Ale House, has masks available that feature a minimalistic design with the bar’s distinctive branding. Shop now.

Found along North 3rd Street in Old City, Philadelphia Independents is known for its fabulous collection of unique, locally made, Philadelphia-themed items, now including a variety of masks made by local artisans. Shop now.

Another local store selling a variety of masks from local makers includes home and gift shop Open House, which is along the restaurant-lined 13th Street in Midtown Village. Shop now.

Other local businesses, restaurants, and attractions offering custom masks include Center City Italian café, restaurant, and market Gran Caffe L’Aquila, the Museum of the Revolution in Old City, and the Independence Visitor Center.

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