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 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.
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.
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.
Inside the historic Reading Terminal Market, local photographer Russ Brown is selling custom masks featuring photos of different Philadelphia landmarks, including the market’s iconic neon sign. You can find the Russ Brown Photography stand inside the 12th and Filbert entrance, near the Famous 4th Street Cookie Company.
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, Mütter Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Independence Visitor Center.