Philadelphia, PA - The Philadelphia Health Department reports hundreds of new cases a day, prompting new restrictions until at least the beginning of next year.
Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Pandemic Restrictions
Since the start of the pandemic, Philadelphia has recorded nearly 60,000 positive coronavirus cases. More than 2,000 people in Philadelphia have died from the virus since March.
As a result, Pennsylvania has issued a new mask mandate and COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Travelers from out-of-state are now required to test negative for coronavirus before arriving in the Commonwealth.
Disappointing for many Pennsylvania residents, especially during the holiday season when extended family and out-of-town friends typically plan on visiting.
COVID-19 Restrictions Across The Tri-State Area
In other states neighboring the Philadelphia region, new restrictions have also taken effect.
In New Jersey, outdoor gatherings are now limited to 150 people, and indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.
In Delaware, several new restrictions include indoor gatherings inside homes, including no more than 10 people, and restaurants can operate with no more than 30% of fire-capacity indoors.
In Maryland, masks are required at all public indoors locations and required where possible outdoors. In Baltimore, masks are required outdoors in all cases.
Also, the hospitality industry, one of the hardest-hit sectors across the state, under the new revised restrictions, will have to close by 10 p.m.
The new restrictions come on the heal of promising news this week that pharmaceutical companies are close to developing coronavirus vaccines. But for now, the region will have to wait till at least next year to see when restrictions start to loosen once more.
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