What to know
- Philadelphia will close food, close gyms and museums indoors and will prohibit indoor ceremonies inside homes from Friday, November 20. The restrictions are to last six weeks.
- There will be a limit for new people at outdoor ceremonies and no food and drink will be allowed. Youth sports should end.
- Early childhood education and childcare can continue to operate a person with strict safety protocols.
Philadelphia announced new coronovirus restrictions on Monday, aimed at wearing masks within public places, restaurants, gyms and private homes, and combating the lack of a social distant home.
The restrictions take the city back to the restrictions that were imposed during the spring COVID-19 boom. Under the restrictions that will take effect on Friday, indoor parties and food will be nixed; The fitness center, museum and library will be closed; And eating and drinking will not be allowed in outdoor ceremonies. We have a full stop of the new restrictions below.
It is permissible to continue carrying out, delivery and operation of external food with some new limitations. Hair salons and barbers will be allowed to continue working with the current restrictions in place.
Philadelphia has seen a spurt in new COVID-19 infections in the past few weeks – undergoing nearly 400 new infections on 4 November. Over 13.100 on 4 November. Overall, fatalities of the disease have topped the city since 1,900. The epidemic started. More than 55,000 residents were confirmed to have the disease and more than 1,900 have died.
City Health Commissioner Drs. “Unfortunately the epidemic is coming in its worst way,” Thomas Farley said on Monday. Officials said the current positivity rate is 13% and the average number of new cases has increased 700% in the last two months.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny said city leaders don’t enjoy banning, but that saving lives is paramount.
Pennsylvania reported 9,675 new cases in the last two days, with more than 2,440 people hospitalized and 531 people in intensive care. Pa. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levin said Monday that contact tracing employees are having trouble telling people where they are unable to provide information about where their infection is being confirmed.
Nationwide, data from NBC News shows that the virus has been spreading rapidly over the past 24 hours, with more than 133,000 newly confirmed cases. 11.1 million Americans have contracted the disease, with at least 240,300 people losing the battle against the virus.
The restrictions are being put in place near the holiday season. Thanks to public health experts, family celebrations for Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas and New Year are feared that it will spread the virus even faster.
Many medical experts have pointed to smaller ceremonies, such as indoors and around kitchen tables, as major spreading events due to lack of wearing masks and appropriate social distance.
Philadelphia’s restrictions are focused on reducing opportunities for people indoors and where they must remove their face masks.
Mayor of Left, Farley and Philadelphia, Jim Kenny, said the city could see more than 3,000 new infections per day and by 2020 the hospital’s capacity would run out.
“We can completely exceed hospital capacity in Philadelphia by the end of 2020,” Farley said.
Farley said that while the ban would be in place only for Philadelphia, he is urging his counterparts in counties around the city in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and is unaware of implementing similar measures because many among them Travel and often serve communities in city hospitals.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday banned indoor and outdoor ceremonies across the state as cases increased.
New COVID-19 restrictions break from here Friday, November 20, 2020 to Friday, January 1, 2021.
Indoor ceremonies of any size, public or private, are prohibited at any venue
- Watching an indoor party, group meal, sporting events as a group
- No tour between homes
- No indoor weddings, funerals or baby showers
Outdoor gatherings are limited in size and have no food or drink
- Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10% occupancy or 10 people per 1,000 square feet; Cap of 2,000 people in very large places
- No food or beverages can be served to ensure that people wear their masks at all times
The restaurant’s indoor meal must end and new changes to outdoor dining must be made
- Indoor dining in restaurants must stop
Officials said the restaurant worked hard to follow the precautions, but people are at a much higher risk of cold weather without masks.
- Outdoor dining will be limited to 4 seats per table and everyone must be from the same house to prevent the spread of the virus from one house to another.
Retail stores may operate with limited occupancy
- Low density should be applied inside retail outlets
- Not more than 5 persons per 1,000 square feet
- All employees and customers must wear masks
- Stores should not serve anyone who is not wearing a mask
Museums, theaters, gyms should be closed and youth sports should stop playing
The following businesses should cease or desist activities:
- Youth, community and school sports
- The gym
- The museum
- Bowling alleys, arcades and sports venues
- Senior day services
Youth and community sports organizers are asked to stop running sports and practices in counties around them, which have fewer restrictions.
Religious institutions can operate with less busyness
- Celebration of services is permitted, but with a density of 5% per 1,000 square feet, or 5 persons.
- Online worship services are encouraged
Continue working from home wherever possible
- Workplaces are asked to continue allowing employees to work from home until their work can be done in that setting
Online schooling only for colleges and high schools
- From January 1, 2021, only virtual learning will be allowed for colleges, universities and high schools.
Strict safety protocols will be allowed in childcare and access centers, primary and middle schools, as well as to conduct individual activities that include wearing universal masks and social disturbances.
The Philadelphia School District was planning to return some students to classrooms in the coming days, but withheld the verdict following a recent spike in the case.
City officials say they are aware that children are less at risk of getting the disease if they are battling the disease and early childhood education is paramount. Also, essential workers require child care. They point to the success seen in Europe where schools were allowed to remain open while reducing COVID-19 viral spread.
Kenny said he and the city’s leadership understand the new restrictions would be disastrous for businesses and requested federal and state leaders to provide incentive assistance to protect people and help the city deal with the virus.
“We are hoping that Congress will, sooner or later, possibly soon come up with providing a bailout package to the American people to deal with the issue,” Kenny said. “We just, as a city, can’t handle ourselves.”
If the number continues to increase, Kenai will not dismiss the total closure of non-essential businesses. The Mayor said, we are trying to do this in increments.
The following businesses are allowed to operate with current coronavirus restrictions, the city said:
- Grocery store market
- The pharmacy
- Home-Based Construction, Renovation, Repair and Maintenance
- Manufacturing and storage
- Real Estate Operations and Transactions
- health care services
- Home-based support services, such as home health services
- Taxi & Ride Share Services
- Outdoor Mobile Food Carts & Trucks
- Drive-in event in which people live in their vehicles
- Children’s Day Care and Elementary Education Center
- Primary and middle school
- Admission center for children in primary and middle school
Coronavirus death in your city and state – and across America
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