Philadelphia Announces New “Safer at Home” COVID-19 Restrictions Effective November 20

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Patricia Tsipras

November 17, 2020

Effective November 20, 2020, until January 1, 2021, new COVID-19 restrictions will be in place in the City of Philadelphia to help reduce COVID-19 cases and to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.

The City of Philadelphia will not allow the following businesses and activities:

  • Indoor dining at restaurants and other food service businesses
  • Theaters
  • Bowling alleys, arcades, and game spaces
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Casinos
  • Recreational activities and sports for youth, community groups, and schools
  • Gyms and indoor exercise classes
  • Senior day services
  • High schools and colleges must move to online instruction only

The City of Philadelphia also will be restricting events and gatherings:

  • All indoor gatherings and events involving people from more than one household are prohibited.
  • Religious institutions must cap attendance at five people per 1,000 square feet, or five percent of maximum occupancy.
  • Outdoor gatherings and events are limited to ten percent of maximum capacity, or ten people per 1,000 square feet, not to exceed 2,000 people.  All attendees must wear masks and neither food nor drink may be served.

For businesses and activities that may continue operation, the City of Philadelphia will be implementing new capacity limits:

  • Offices may be occupied only by employees who cannot work remotely.
  • Tables at restaurants offering outdoor dining are limited to four people and they all must be from the same household.
  • Retail stores and indoor malls may have a maximum density of five people per 1,000 square feet.
  • Barbershops, beauty salons, and other personal service businesses cannot work on the face or otherwise perform services that require the removal of masks.
  • College sports cannot have spectators present and their plans must be approved by the Department of Public Health.
  • Zoos may operate outdoor areas only.
  • Parks, trails, playgrounds, and athletic fields cannot be open to group sports.

The attorneys at Rubin Fortunato can help businesses with their questions about compliance with the new restrictions.

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