New COVID-19 Restrictions Announced for Philadelphia

November 16, 2020

Philadelphia, PA

 

Leaders in Philadelphia have announced new restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions will go into effect this Friday, November 20 and will last through January 1, 2020.

RESTAURANTS

*Indoor dining prohibited

*Outdoor dining allowed, but require that parties be household members only

*Maximum table size of four seats

*Takeout and delivery service may continue

INDOOR GATHERINGS

*Prohibited indoors at any size, at any location

*Includes both public and private events

*For example: Indoor parties, group meals, football watching groups, visiting between households, weddings, funerals, baby showers

OUTDOOR GATHERINGS

*Gatherings limited at 10% occupancy or 10 persons per 1,000 square feet

*Cap for large spaces of no more than 2,000 people

*No fans at football games

*Masks must be worn at all times

*No food or beverages served at outdoor gatherings to ensure people can wear masks

RETAIL STORES

*Allow with reduced density limit of five people per 1,000 square feet

*Enforcement of mask use by customers and employees

OFFICES

*Employees must work from home unless not possible

SPORTS (Youth, school and community)

*Prohibited

BUSINESS AND ACTIVITY CLOSURES

*Theaters, including movie theaters, and other performance spaces

*Bowling alleys, arcades, and game spaces

*Museums.

*Libraries. (Those serving as Access Centers may continue to operate. Curbside dropoff and pickup services for patrons are allowed)

*Casinos

*Recreational activities and sports for youth, community groups, and schools

*Gyms and indoor exercise classes. (Exercise groups and classes may continue outdoors)

*Senior day services (senior centers and adult day care centers) remain closed

BUSINESS AND ACTIVITY CHANGES

*Barbershops, beauty salons, and similar personal services may continue to operate, but all staff and customers must wear masks at all times. These businesses cannot work on the face or otherwise perform services that require that masks be removed

*Zoos may operate only their outdoor areas

*Parks, trails, playgrounds, and athletic fields will remain open for individual use only. (No group sports)

SCHOOLS

*Colleges & universities: online classes only (College sports may continue if their plan is specifically approved by the Department of Public Health and no spectators are present)

*High schools: online classes only

*Elementary and middle schools: in-person permitted, following Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health safety guidance

*Child care, early childhood education and access centers: in-person permitted, following Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health safety guidance

RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS

*No more than five percent occupancy or five per thousand square feet

*Encouraged to hold services online

ALLOWED TO CONTINUE UNDER CURRENT HEALTH DEPT. GUIDANCE

*Grocery stores and farmers markets

*Pharmacies

*Banks

*Construction

*Landscaping

*Home-based construction, renovation, repair, and maintenance

*Manufacturing and warehousing

*Real estate operations and transactions

*Health care services

*Home-based support services, such as home health services

*Taxis and ride share services

*Transit

*Outdoor mobile food carts and trucks

*Hotels

*Drive-in events in which people remain in their vehicles

*Child day care and early learning centers

*Elementary and middle schools

*Access Centers for children in elementary and middle school

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