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Two coronavirus-related stories lead today’s newsletter. One is focused on the “gray area” about enforcing mask-wearing at Independence National Historical Park. The other focuses on a federal judge’s ruling that calls some of Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus measures unconstitutional.

— Josh Rosenblat (@joshrosenblat,

Are masks required at the Liberty Bell? ‘It’s a gray area’

When visitors visit the now-reopened Liberty Bell and Independence National Historical Park, they’re met with some mixed messages, my colleague Samantha Melamed reports. While signs say that “face coverings are required per city/state" orders, the official policy of the Department of the Interior, which oversees national parks, is that masks are not required.

Staff can suggest wearing masks, but cannot enforce that. A spokesperson said Independence Park carefully considered social-distancing protocols but masks are still “a gray area.”

Federal court rules that Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 business closures and limit on gatherings are unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge William S. Stickman IV ruled yesterday that key components of Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus mitigation strategy are “unconstitutional.”

The Wolf administration will file an appeal and seek a stay to temporarily block the decision, according to the governor’s spokesperson.

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