(Source: Phila.gov)
(Source: Phila.gov)

Prompted by rising Covid-19 case counts, Philadelphia announced Monday that it is reinstating its indoor mask mandate.

The change will be enforced starting next Monday, April 18, giving businesses a week to adjust, Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said.

Philadelphia is the first major U.S. city to reimpose a mask mandate since the winter omicron surge ebbed earlier this year.

The city is averaging about 140 new cases a day. While that's much lower than during the surge, it's 50% higher than 10 days ago, reports CBS Channel 3.

Businesses that verify patrons are vaccinated are exempt from requiring masks, Bettigole said.

In a statement cited by CBS 3, the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association said its members weren't consulted in the decision and that it is "extremely disappointed."

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