Philadelphia, PA - As the number of new COVID-19 cases beginning to fall in Philadelphian and the region, the Health Department announced a series of changes to the City’s Safer-at-Home restrictions.
Philadelphia to Relax Some Safer-at-Home Restrictions Starting May 7
On Friday, May 7, 2021, the following changes will go into effect, bringing Philadelphia into closer alignment with Pennsylvania:
Philadelphia Indoor Dining
- Capacity will be increased from 25% to 50% if restaurants meet enhanced ventilation standards, 50%, or 75% if restaurants meet enhanced ventilation standards.
- Maximum table size will be increased from four to six, and there is no longer a requirement that everyone at the table be from the same household.
Philadelphia Outdoor Dining
- The city will increase the maximum table size to 10, which is the state limit.
- For indoor catered events
- Important to remember that events like indoor weddings are at the highest risk.
- For the first time in more than a year, the City will allow indoor catered social events up to 25% occupancy of space with a cap of 75 persons total.
- If case rates continue to fall, the City may increase that cap to 150 beginning May 21.
Philadelphia Gatherings and Events
- Indoor gatherings and events will increase their maximum capacity to 25% of the average capacity. Outdoor groups and events will increase the total capacity to 50%.
In all of these situations, the Health Commissioner strongly recommended that anyone participating in these higher-risk and higher-density events should be vaccinated first.