Philadelphia, PA - The City of Philadelphia just extended its ban on inside dining all the way to September 1, 2020, pointing out an increase in COVID-19 incidents throughout the local region.
Philadelphia Restaurants Facing Another Setback to Indoor Dining
Mayor Jim Kenney stated day-to-day case counts have increased on an average of 164 cases per day through the past weeks. Health officials are additionally cautious about a possible second coronavirus wave, currently seen spreading throughout the southern parts of the United States.
The city initially wanted to remove the ban this Saturday; however, health officials express concerns with cases on the rise.
“Indoor dining is inherently risky,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley. “People are indoors where we know the risk is greater, and people are not wearing masks because they’re eating and drinking.”
Farley further mentions that he is aware of the hardship the restaurant industry has struggled with up to this point. However, it is essential to flatten the curve to prevent a second wave in our region.
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