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Philadelphia: Most All Safer At Home Restrictions Will End June 2

PHILADELPHIA PA (May 31, 2021)--After 14 months of Philadelphians working together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and due to the continuing drop in newly reported cases, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) announced a further relaxation of the current Safer-at-Home restrictions beginning May 21. 

Additionally, PDPH announced that all Safer at Home restrictions will be ending, with the exception of the indoor mask mandate and the 11 p.m. last call for dining order, on Wednesday, June 2.

Relaxing these restrictions is possible because of the immense sacrifices that Philadelphians made over the last year and because more Philadelphians are getting vaccinated every day. 

We’d like to thank our front line and essential workers who risked their own well-being to care for COVID-19 patients, kept our city running, and administered more than 1.3 million doses of vaccine so far. 

This is a big moment for us Philly, but we need to continue to reopen safely. We need everyone to continue wearing masks around others, and get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Encourage others in your life to get vaccinated too. It’s the best way to ensure that our city can stay open and get back to all the things we’ve missed.

We’re excited to announce that on Friday, May 21, the following changes will go into effect.

Restaurants

  • Can still operate at 50 percent maximum capacity, or 75 percent maximum capacity if they can meet enhanced ventilation standards.
  • Distance between chair backs will be reduced from six feet to three feet.
  • The requirement for alcohol to be served with food will end. 
  • Mask requirements remain in effect for those not seated or eating. 

Offices, retail stores, bowling alleys, museums, and libraries

Catered events 

  • Indoor catered events

    • Will be allowed to operate at 25 percent of occupancy limit.
    • Food must be served at the table only.
    • A maximum of 250 persons, including staff, will be allowed if there will be no music, dancing, or alcohol.
    • A maximum of 150 persons, including staff, will be allowed if there will be music, dancing, or alcohol.
  • Outdoor catered events

    • Can operate at 50% of occupancy limit, no cap on number of persons attending.

Gyms and indoor pools

  • Will be allowed to operate at 75 percent of occupancy limit or 15 persons per 1,000 square feet.
  • Exercise class size will be capped at 25 persons.

Outdoor pools

  • Can operate with no density limits or maximum capacity.

Gatherings and theaters

  • Indoor

    • Will be allowed to operate at 50 percent of occupancy limit.
    • Must enforce a minimum of three feet of distance between persons of different groups.
  • Outdoor

    • If the site has fixed seating, it will be allowed to operate at 50 percent of occupancy limit.
    • If the site has no seating, a maximum of 33 persons per 1,000 square feet are allowed.
    • Must enforce a minimum of three feet of distance between persons of different groups.

Casinos

All Safer-at-Home restrictions will be ending on Wednesday, June 2. The indoor mask mandate and 11 p.m. last call for dining order will continue to be enforced until the Health Department reviews the state of the pandemic and may drop those restrictions on Friday, June 11.

This will be possible because of everyone who masked up, vaxxed up, and maintained distance from loved ones, as difficult as it was. Thank you, Philadelphia.

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