For those who may not have seen it this afternoon, we wanted to immediately share the news regarding relaxed restrictions on dining and events starting May 7th.
From the Mayor's Office:
City to Relax Some Safer-at-Home Restrictions Starting May 7: In response to the number of new COVID-19 cases beginning to fall in Philadelphian and the region, the Health Department announced a series of changes to the City’s Safer-at-Home restrictions.
Beginning Friday, May 7, 2021, the following changes will go into effect, bringing Philadelphia into closer alignment with Pennsylvania:
For indoor dining:
- Capacity will be increased from 25%, or 50% if restaurants meet enhanced ventilation standards, to 50%, or 75% if restaurants meet enhanced ventilation standards.
- Maximum table size will be increased from four to six, and there is no longer a requirement that everyone at the table be from the same household.
For outdoor dining:
- Maximum table size will be increased to 10, which is the state limit.
For indoor catered events:
- Important to remember that events like indoor weddings still carry the highest risk.
- For the first time in more than a year, the City will allow indoor catered social events up to 25% occupancy of space with a cap of 75 persons total.
- If case rates continue to fall, the City may increase that cap to 150 beginning May 21.
Other gatherings and events:
- Indoor gatherings and events will be able to increase their maximum capacity to 25% of normal capacity and outdoor gatherings and events will be able to increase maximum capacity to 50%.
- In all of these situations, the Health Commissioner made a strong recommendation that anyone participating in these higher-risk and higher-density events should be vaccinated first.