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When restaurants suffered, so did their employees. more
The mask mandate was lifted in June as part of Philadelphia’s reopening, but there are still exceptions in place. more
A week after Philadelphia fully reopened, COVID-19 numbers continue to show a downward trend and nearly 1,000 hospitality businesses get a financial boost from the city. more
On Friday, June 11, Philadelphia will end the indoor mask mandate and the 11 p.m. last call for restaurants. These are the final Safer at Home restrictions to be lifted as the city fully reopens. more
Most Safer at Home restrictions in Philadelphia will be lifted on June 2, a week earlier than expected. PA will lift state restrictions on social gatherings on May 31. The change is due to the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases being recorded in the city since September 2020. more
The adjusted guidelines are the result of studies that show vaccinated people are not only protected from getting sick but also from passing the virus to others. Philadelphia will require masks to be worn indoors for now, waiting until vaccination rates rise. more
Mask requirement stays, for now. Some restrictions will be relaxed May 21: Density limits for retail, museums and libraries, and restaurants will be allowed to seat people a minimum of three feet apart, rather than six. more
“This epidemic wave that we are in now is clearly on the decline,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley on Tuesday. more
At the city’s COVID-19 press conference on Tuesday, Dr. Farley reported that daily case count averages have fallen along with test positivity rates. more
Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley reports progress on the vaccine front this week, while announcing the continued increase of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the city. more
COVID-19 Update - April 15. The city announced extending the FEMA-operated Center City mass vaccination clinic four weeks and shifting vaccine supply at its new FEMA clinic in North Philadelphia, the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center. more
More groups have been added to Phase 1C, including people receiving home and community-based services. more
On Monday, April 5, the priority groups in Phase 1C, which includes sanitation workers, maintenance, janitorial staff, utility workers and postal and package delivery workers, will be eligible to receive the vaccine. more
Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley laid out the status of Philadelphia’s vaccination program as the city recovers from late January’s debacle with Philly Fighting COVID. more
The Black Doctors COVID Consortium (BDCC), a volunteer organization formed in April 2020 to assist with COVID-19 testing, is gearing up to add vaccine distribution. more
Philadelphia residents who are in Phase 1B of the city’s vaccination distribution plan are now eligible to receive the vaccine. more
Currently in Phase 1A, the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination, the city announced which residents will be eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1B and Phase 1C.   In Phase 1B, frontline … more
Indoor dining resumed in Philadelphia, Saturday January 16, as the city lifts a portion of the Safer at Home restrictions. Theaters can also reopen with a maximum occupancy of 10%. more
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley provided updates of the city’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout, acknowledging the obstacles to swifter vaccination of Philadelphia residents. more
Test results reported over the weekend, after the Christmas holiday, totaled 1,504 cases for four days. For the last day of 2020, the city reported 1,090 cases of COVID-19, marking the week’s highest daily count. more
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