Philadelphia, PA - It's now been over 8 months since the first case of coronavirus was diagnosed on March 10. Now counts are hitting an all-time high, causing concern for city officials in Philadelphia. As COVID-19 numbers surge, it's not hard to understand why many restaurant and bar owners feared the city's new restrictions yesterday.
Mayor Jim Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced what might be the end for many of the cities restaurants, bars, and gyms.
With winter knocking on our door, outdoor dining, which had been a savior for many restaurants and bars, is not going to be the answer this time around.
The restrictions restrict indoor dining, seating capacity, and use of gyms starting in Philadelphia this Friday, November 20, through January 1, 2021
Restaurants' restrictions include no indoor dining. Outdoor dining allowed. However, only household members can be seated together, with no more than four seats per party. Takeout and delivery service may continue.
Gyms will also be closed, and indoor exercise classes; however, exercise groups and classes may continue outdoors.
Barry Gutin, Co-founder and owner of, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar's reaction to this latest development will further hurt the restaurant industry and likely force many independent operators to shut down or lay off employees.
"Despite suffering hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses already, we have invested tens of thousands of dollars to "winterize" our on-street dining with an enhanced structure, heaters, and windbreaks to maintain the comfort level of our outdoor seating for up to 50 guests. Even with these efforts, we just don't know if people will come." Said Barry Gutin
Gutian is not alone in his frustrations. Many Philadelphia business owners are feeling the impact of restrictions and beginning to speak out. The impact on Philadelphia will be huge. Especially when you consider that customer has already begun to flock to New Jersey and other counties in the state, to dine and find entertainment options.
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