What to know as Philadelphia puts pause on some reopening plans

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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Due to the rising number of positive cases of the coronavirus, Philadelphia is pausing some of its reopening plan including inside dining and gyms.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia officials announced Tuesday they are hitting the brakes on some of the city's reopening plans due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced the following changes to the reopening plan:

-Indoor dining will not be allowed to resume at this time. Delivery, take-out, and outdoor dining are still allowed.

-Gyms and indoor fitness centers will continue to be closed.

The Philadelphia Health Department will reevaluate what is open during the Green phase weekly, but it is expected that indoor dining at restaurants and gyms will continue to be closed until at least August 1.

The following will allowed to reopen on July 3:

-Museums and libraries

-Indoor shopping malls

-Small indoor and outdoor gatherings.

-Casinos will be allowed to open during this restricted Green phase, but only with very strict requirements-masks are required, six feet of distance between patrons, and absolutely no food, drink, or smoking is allowed indoors.

Here is what the Green Phase in Pennsylvania looks like:


  • Continued Telework Strongly Encouraged
  • All Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% Occupancy
  • Child Care May Open Complying with Guidance
  • Congregate Care Restrictions in Place
  • Prison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual Facilities


  • Large Gatherings of More Than 250 Prohibited
  • Masks Are Required When Entering a Business
  • Restaurants and Bars Open at 50% Occupancy
  • Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment Only
  • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly Encouraged
  • All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% Occupancy
  • Construction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of Protocols


Philadelphia officials offer guidance for businesses allowed to reopen. click here.

While the latest business guidance for Pennsylvania, including outdoor recreation guidance, can be found here.

According to The State's Health Department website :

"All retail food service businesses, including restaurants, private event spaces and wedding venues with food service, licensed clubs, and bars located in counties designated as being in the Green phase are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales, as well as dine-in service in both indoor and outdoor seating areas, so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of this guidance including maximum occupancy limits.

Bar seating may be utilized provided that customers are seated and comply with physical distancing guideline of at least 6 feet or physical barriers between customers. Standing in a bar area will not be permitted.

A maximum of four customers that have a common relationship may sit together at the bar, while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines or barriers between other customers.

This guidance applies to all restaurants, private event spaces and wedding venues with food service, licensed clubs, and bars, regardless of whether the business operates within a larger facility such as a hotel, casino, convention center, conference center or similar large venue."