‘Mad or nah?’: Mixed reactions to Philly dropping indoor mask mandate

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A person wearing a face mask walks in Philadelphia

A person wearing a face mask walks in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Masks in Philadelphia are mostly optional these days, as the citywide mandate meant to help curb the spread of COVID-19 was lifted on March 2.

At the time of last week’s “all clear” message from city officials, the city’s positivity rate was 1.7%, down dramatically from 14% in December.

P.O.C, a partner in WHYY’s News and Information Community Exchange, hit the streets of Philadelphia to gauge whether residents are celebrating or grimacing.

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