Philadelphia, PA - PA Governor Tom Wolf announced on May 4th that he would be lifting all COVID-19 restrictions starting on Memorial Day. The question is if Philadelphia will follow suit.
As of now, that answer is no. However, city bars and restaurants are still planning to open up to 75 percent capacity or less until further notice on May 7th.
When will Philadelphia ease more COVID restrictions?
We know now that Philadelphia has not yet committed to following the state's memorial day timeline to lift restrictions fully.
Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced that the city would review case counts in the city. They will consider any new policy changes set by the state and update regulations if needed.
Farley also announced that the critical factors for the city to move forward would be determined by the cities transmission rates, deaths, and vaccination numbers.
Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers released a statement regarding the states ban being lifted:
“Today’s announcement from Governor Wolf is great news for hockey, basketball, and music fans, and it brings us even closer to our goal of welcoming full capacity crowds back to Wells Fargo Center. We plan to have a full arena later this year for Flyers and 76ers games, concerts, and events. We’re extremely confident in the health and safety measures we’ve put in place. Safety will always be our priority, and in the weeks and months ahead, we’ll continue working to ensure that every guest who visits Wells Fargo Center can do so safely and confidently.” - Philadelphia Flyers and Sixers
Although the ultimate decision for Philadelphia sports venues lies with the city of Philadelphia, the fact that the state is beginning to lift most COVID-19 restrictions is a good sign for both Pennsylvania and Philadelphia residents.
While the city officials will ultimately decide when Philly’s bars, restaurants, and businesses will be allowed to fully open, at least for now, city residents can always take a trip to the counties to dine and wine after memorial day.
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