Philadelphia COVID-19 Today: Restaurants and Gyms in Philly Prepare for New Restrictions Starting at 5 p.m. Tonight

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Philadelphia’s new COVID-19 restrictions take effect from 5 p.m. today As restaurants and gyms in the city prepare for closure, some business owners are pushing the case before the courts. A lawsuit has been filed against the city of Philadelphia and its mayor ahead of the new COVID-19 restrictions.The following restrictions will go into effect in Philadelphia on Friday, November 20 at 5 p.m. and will last until January 1, 2021:

RESTAURANTS

* Dining inside prohibited

* Outdoor meals are permitted, but require parties to be members of the household

* Maximum table size of four seats

* Take-out and delivery service may continue

INTERIOR MEETINGS

* Prohibited indoors of any size, at any location

* Includes public and private events

* For example: indoor parties, group meals, football observation groups, visits between households, weddings, funerals, baby showers

OUTDOOR MEETINGS

* Gatherings limited to 10% occupancy or 10 people per 1000 square feet

* Cap for large spaces of no more than 2000 people

* No fans at football matches

* Masks must be worn at all times

* No food or drink served at outdoor gatherings to ensure people can wear masks
RETAIL STORES

* Allow with a reduced density limit of five people per 1000 square feet

* Application of mask usage by customers and employeesDESKS

* Employees must work from home, unless this is not possible

SPORTS (Youth, school and community)

*Not allowed

BUSINESS AND ACTIVITY CLOSURES

* Theaters, including cinemas and other performance spaces

* Bowling lanes, arcades and play areas

* Museums.

* Libraries. (Access centers may continue to operate. Curb drop-off and pick-up services for customers are permitted)

* Casinos

* Recreational and sports activities for young people, community groups and schools

* Gyms and indoor exercise classes. (Exercise groups and classes can continue outdoors)

* Day services for the elderly (centers for the elderly and daycare centers for adults) remain closed

BUSINESS AND ACTIVITY CHANGES

* Hair salons, beauty salons, and similar personal services may continue to operate, but all staff and clients must wear masks at all times. These companies cannot work on the face or perform services that require the removal of masks

* Zoos can only use their outdoor spaces

* Parks, trails, playgrounds and sports fields will remain open for individual use only. (No group sports)

Schools

* Colleges and Universities: Online courses only (varsity sports may continue if their plan is specifically approved by the Department of Public Health and no spectators are present)

* High schools: online courses only

* Elementary and middle schools: in person authorized, in accordance with the safety guidelines of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health

* Child Care, Early Childhood Education, and Access Centers: In Person Authorized, per Philadelphia Department of Public Health safety guidelines

RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS

* No more than five percent occupancy or five per thousand square feet

* Encouraged to keep services online

AUTHORIZED TO CONTINUE IN THE CURRENT DEPUT OF HEALTH. ORIENTATION

* Grocery stores and farmers markets

* Pharmacies

* Banks

*Construction

*Landscaping

* Home construction, renovation, repair and maintenance

* Manufacturing and warehousing

* Real estate operations and transactions

*Health services

* Home support services, such as home health services

* Taxis and carpooling services

*Transit

* Outdoor mobile food carts and trucks

* Hotels

* Drive-in events where people stay in their vehicles

* Daycare and early childhood learning centers

* Primary and middle schools

* Access centers for primary and secondary school children

Restaurant workers face tough decisions

Lawyer Brian Fritz represents the “Philadelphia Restaurant Owners Group Against Lockdowns”. He is seeking an emergency injunction to ban the closure of restaurants inside.

“We have no reports or studies on restaurants linked to infections. How is eating in a Philadelphia restaurant more dangerous than going to Lowe’s, Walmart, Wawa, or the city’s Christmas Village? Said Fritz.

Business owners argue they should be able to operate with the security measures put in place in July when many spring restrictions were lifted.

The lawsuit claims the city’s “safer at home” restrictions on indoor dining are unconstitutional. (Read the trial HERE.)

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Leyna Bradley, a 21-year-old waiter at Trademans Bar & Restaurant, is trying to make ends meet as she works to graduate from college next May. She and others working in the industry face greater financial uncertainty as the new restrictions take effect.

“The debt is going to pile up a bit and it will definitely be stressful not knowing where your next source of income will come from,” Bradley said.

“It’s very stressful. I mean we have lives, some of us have kids, some of us are still in school, so it’s such a shame, ”said bartender Amanda Negri.

Jen Camela, general manager of Forsythia in the 200 block of Chestnut Street, said many restaurants are forced to make tough decisions about their employees.

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“The people we’ve been lucky enough to come back, we have to send them home, so that’s, I think, the hardest part,” Camela said.

Gyms prepare for impact of shutdown

Gyms are also taking a huge hit when the city’s new restrictions take effect.

Stephen Kindler, president and CEO of a Planet Fitness franchise group, said closing gyms didn’t make sense, adding that there was no evidence of high transmission.

“I have four franchises within a mile of the NoveCare complex – the fact that the Eagles can train and the citizens of town can’t is a tough pill to swallow,” Kindler said. .

Dr Thomas Farley, the city’s senior health official, defended the city’s decision, saying the time is the riskiest for the virus to be transmitted.

“What was now safe is now dangerous with the change of weather. Many companies feel that they have security measures in place, of course they have, and I’m sure there is no spread there and that is true in many. many places. people than ever with the virus, ”Farley said.

City officials said dramatic action was needed to respond to an exponential growth in cases and hospitalizations.

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