Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia’s current “Safer at Home” restrictions implemented through January 1st, along with the Commonwealth’s latest restrictions, that will expire at 8 a.m. on the morning of January 4th.
Philly Extending Indoor Dining, Gathering Bans Once Again
However, based on a spike in positive cases following the Thanksgiving day holiday, the City of Philadelphia has again pushed back current restrictions for the riskiest settings till at least January 15th.
This includes restrictions on Indoor dining, Indoor gatherings, and events, Theaters, Casinos, Colleges, Indoor organized sports.
These are activities city officials considered to be a higher risk because they take place indoors, involve many people, people spending long periods together, people not wearing masks, and/or they’ve had previous large outbreaks due to not following social distance guidelines.
“We have made progress and saved lives with our Safer at Home restrictions,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “Now we need to be very careful with how we allow activities to restart—especially around the holiday season—so that we don’t ignite another surge in the virus.”
To provide an adequate lead time for businesses, the City also announced planned changes to restrictions that would affect when Governor Wolf’s order, unless extended, expires on January 4th.
If cases do not rise more than expected, the City will allow some lower risk businesses and activities to resume.
This includes: Museums, Outdoor sports, Gyms, In-person learning for high schools, Outdoor catered events
Anyone taking part in indoor activities resuming on January 4th must wear a mask at all times and be limited to fewer than five persons per 1,000 square feet.