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- Philadelphia will stop indoor eating, shutting down gyms and museums, and restricting indoor gatherings inside homes beginning Friday, November 20, and restrictions are set to last for six weeks.
- Outdoor gatherings will have new limits of people and will not be allowed to eat and drink. Youth sport must end playing.
- Early childhood education and childcare can continue to operate personally with strict safety protocols.
Philadelphia on Monday announced new coronavirus restrictions aimed at combating non-wearing of masks and social distancing indoors in public places, restaurants, gyms and inside private homes.
The restrictions have led to the city returning to bans that were in place during the spring wave of COVID-19. Under the restrictions that will come into effect on Friday, indoor parties and dining will be canceled; Fitness centers, museums and libraries will be closed; Eating and drinking are forbidden in outdoor gatherings. We have a full breakdown of the new restrictions below.
Take-out, take-out and al fresco dining are allowed with some new restrictions to continue operating. Barber and barber shops will be permitted to continue operating with current restrictions in place.
Philadelphia has seen a spike in new infections with COVID-19 over the past few weeks – going from about 400 new infections on November 4 to more than 1,100 on November 13. The epidemic began. More than 55,000 residents have been confirmed to have the disease More than 1,900 people were killed.
“Unfortunately, the epidemic is approaching its worst,” the city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley, said on Monday afternoon. Officials said the current COVID-19 positivity rate is 13.4% and there has been a 700% rise in the average number of new cases over the past two months.
Farley said the number of daily confirmed cases doubles every three weeks.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny said city leaders do not enjoy putting restrictions in place, but saving lives is crucial.
“Obviously, we don’t enjoy doing this,” Kenny said. “But we cannot ignore the numbers and we must take these precautions in order to get us back into health.”
Pennsylvania reported 9,675 new cases over the past two days with more than 2,440 people in hospital and 531 of them in the intensive care unit. Pennsylvania Health Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levin, said Monday that contact tracing personnel are having trouble getting people to provide details about where they were leading to the confirmed infection.
nationally , NBC News data shows the virus is spreading rapidly with more than 133,000 newly confirmed cases in the past 24 hours. 11.1 million Americans have fallen ill and at least 240,300 people have lost the battle against the virus. Preliminary data from two vaccine candidates – One from Pfizer and the other from Moderna It is shown that they may have a 90% efficiency rate, but health officials contend that getting them to the public will realistically take months.
The restrictions are in place as the holiday season approaches. Public health experts fear family gatherings on Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and New Years It will only accelerate the spread of the virus further.
Many medical experts pointed to smaller gatherings, such as indoors and around kitchen tables, as major events prevalent due to the lack of masks and appropriate social distancing.
The Philadelphia restrictions focus on reducing opportunities for people to stay indoors with people who are not from their homes and where they have to remove face masks.
Farley said contact tracing shows the virus is “spreading a little bit everywhere” through a variety of settings.
Not alleviated, Farley and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny said the city could see more than 3,000 new infections every day, and that hospital capacity would be exceeded by the end of the year.
The number of people hospitalized in the city on Monday is higher than it was in April – three weeks of total lockdown at the time.
“We may exceed the hospital’s entire capacity for the entire city by the end of 2020,” Farley said, adding that modeling shows between 700 and 1,400 people could die by the end of 2020.
Farley said that while the restrictions will only be in effect in Philadelphia, he is urging his counterparts in surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to enact similar measures because so many people travel between them and city hospitals often serve surrounding communities.
New Jersey. Phil Murphy on Monday Statewide restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings have slashed as cases rise across Garden State.
Here is a breakdown of the new COVID-19 restrictions that continue from Friday 20 November 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021.
Indoor gatherings of any size, anywhere, public or private, are prohibited
- There are no indoor parties, group meals, or watching sporting events as a group
- No visit between families
- There are no indoor weddings, funerals, or baby showers
Outdoor gatherings are limited in size and there is no food or drink
- Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10% occupancy or 10 people per 1,000 square meters. Foot ; A maximum of 2000 people in very large spaces
- No food or drinks can be served to ensure people wear masks at all times
After Monday’s announcement, The Philadelphia Eagles said fans would no longer be allowed in the stands during matches at Lincoln Financial Stadium..
Indoor dining must end and new al fresco dining changes be made
- Indoor dining must stop at restaurants
Officials said that while restaurants have worked hard to follow precautions, the risk of people being indoors during cold weather without masks is extremely high.
- Outdoor dining will be limited to 4 seats per table, and everyone must be from the same house to prevent the virus from spreading from one home to another.
Retail stores can operate with limited occupancy
- Low density should be imposed within retail stores
- No more than 5 people per 1,000 square feet.
- All employees and customers must wear masks
- Stores should not serve anyone who does not wear a muzzle
Museums, theaters and gyms should be closed, and youth sports should be stopped
The following companies must close or cease activities:
- Youth, community and school sports
- Bowling alleys, arcades and places to play
- First day services
Youth and community sports organizers are required to stop transferring games and practices to surrounding counties that have fewer restrictions.
Religious establishments can operate at reduced occupancy
- Services are allowed to be celebrated, but at a low density of 5% or 5 people per 1000 square meters. Foot.
- Online worship services are encouraged
Continue to work from home where possible
- Workspaces are required to continue to allow employees to work from home unless it is possible to perform their job there
Online education only for colleges and high schools
- Virtual learning will only be permitted for colleges, universities and high schools until January 1, 2021.
Childcare and arrival centers, elementary and middle schools, will be allowed to continue operating on personal activities with strict safety protocols in place including wearing masks and social distancing.
City officials say they know that children are less at risk of serious illness if they do become ill and that early childhood education is critical. Also, the essential workers need to take care of the children. They point to the success seen in Europe where schools were allowed to remain open while limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Kenny said he understood and the city leadership that the new restrictions would be devastating to businesses, and he appealed to federal and state leaders to provide incentive assistance to keep people afloat and help the city fight the virus.
Kenny said: “We hope that Congress, sooner or later, sooner or later, will provide a rescue package for the American people to deal with this issue.” We simply cannot, as a city, handle this ourselves.
Kenny will not rule out a total closure of non-core businesses if the numbers continue to rise. “We are trying to do this in batches,” the mayor said.
The city said the following companies are allowed to operate with the current coronavirus restrictions:
- Grocery stores and farmers markets
- Construction, renovation, repair and maintenance from home
- Manufacturing and storage
- Real estate operations and transactions
- Health care services
- Support services in the home, such as home health services
- Taxis and ride-sharing services
- Outdoor mobile food carts and trucks
- Driving events in which people stay in their cars
- Day care for children and early learning centers
- Elementary and middle schools
- Access to centers for children in primary and middle schools
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