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New Philadelphia COVID-19 Restrictions Prohibit Indoor Gatherings Houses, Restaurants, Gyms

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Philadelphia officials announced new COVID-19 restrictions on city businesses and indoor gatherings in a virtual press briefing Monday.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Farley cited recent spikes in the average number of new cases per day as the reason for the new guidelines during the briefing, FOX29 reported. (RELATED: Philadelphia Officials Recommend Those Who Attended Biden Celebrations To Quarantine And Get Tested For COVID-19)

“There’s no doubt these changes are necessary. We need to act now to reduce the rate of increase and to flatten the curve once again,” Kenney said, according to FOX29.

The new restrictions call for the limiting of outdoor gatherings to 10% occupancy or ten people per thousand square feet, according to FOX 29. Fans will also no longer be permitted admission to Eagles games.

Gyms, museums, and libraries will be among the facilities ordered to close their doors in accordance with the city’s second round of COVID-19 restrictions, according to FOX29. Religious institutions may hold services with no more than five people per thousand square feet.

Philadelphia officials also announced the prohibition of all indoor gatherings, public and private.

“Because while we won’t prohibit people from interacting, we want to strongly discourage that because it’s increasingly unsafe to interact with anyone,” Farley said during Monday’s virtual press conference. “We will prohibit indoor gatherings or events of any size in any location, public or private. This means no indoor parties, group meals, football watching groups, no visiting between households, no weddings, funerals, baby showers,” Farley said.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health directed Philadelphians to their website where an outline detailing all new restrictions can be found.

Monday’s press briefing comes after announcements made in other states such as Maryland and Utah calling for similar restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The Philadelphia School District along with Cherry Hill, New Jersey public schools last week announced a delayed move to hybrid learning due to upticks in COVID-19 among school-aged children.

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