PHILADELPHIA – As Pennsylvania tightens statewide mitigation pointers amid a surge in new coronavirus instances, Philadelphia has carried out new restrictions on Friday designed to quell the pandemic.
The brand new restrictions, which embrace a extremely controversial transfer to ban indoor eating, are tentatively scheduled to final by means of December and expire on New Yr’s Day.
Starting at 5 p.m., indoor eating might be prohibited in Philadelphia. Eating places and eateries can nonetheless provide out of doors seating, however tables are capped at 4 folks from the identical family. Take out and supply choices can proceed with out change.
Town’s transfer to shutter indoor eating has been met with pushback from Philadelphia restaurant homeowners, who sued the city on Thursday. They argue town failed to offer eating places superior warning concerning the new restrictions.
Philadelphia’s ‘Safer at Dwelling’ prohibits all indoor gatherings, aside from church buildings and non secular establishments which might keep open at 5 % capability. In the meantime, out of doors gatherings are capped at 10 % capability or 10 folks for each 1,000 sq. toes.
Leisure venues like theaters, bowling alleys and arcades are prohibited underneath town’s new order. Retail shops and malls can stay open at 5 folks for each 1,000 sq. toes.
Gyms and indoor train lessons have been pressured to shut by means of the brand new 12 months. And parks and playgrounds are additionally prohibited.
These restrictions come as Philadelphia has reported a surge in new coronavirus instances. On Thursday town introduced over 765 new instances of the virus that’s being blamed for 250,000 dying nationally. Pennsylvania Well being Secretary Rachel Levine on Tuesday introduced new necessities for testing and mask-wearing.
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