While restaurants and gyms in the city are doing something to shut down, some business owners are taking the case to court. A lawsuit has been filed against Philadelphia and its mayor ahead of new COVID-19 restrictions.
The following restrictions will take effect for Philadelphia on Friday, November 20 at 17 and lasts until January 1, 2021:
* Indoor dining is prohibited
* Outdoor dining allowed, but requires parties to be household members only
* Maximum table size in four seats
* Pick-up and delivery service can continue
* Prohibited indoors in any size, anywhere
* Includes both public and private events
* For example: Indoor parties, group meals, football groups, visits between households, weddings, funerals, baby showers
* Collections limited to 1
* Hood for large rooms with a maximum of 2,000 people
* No fans for football matches
* Masks must always be worn
* No food or drink is served at outdoor gatherings to ensure that people can wear masks
* Allow with reduced density limit of five people per. 1,000 square feet
* Enforcement of mask use by customers and employees
* Employees must work from home unless this is not possible
SPORTS (Youth, school and society)
TERMINATION OF BUSINESS AND ACTIVITY
* Theaters, including cinemas and other performance rooms
* Bowling alleys, arcades and games rooms
* Libraries. (Those who serve as access centers can continue to operate. Delivery and pick-up services for patrons are allowed)
* Leisure activities and sports for young people, community groups and schools
* Fitness centers and indoor training courses. (Training groups and classes can continue outdoors)
* Day care services (senior centers and day care institutions for adults) remain closed
CHANGES AND CHANGES IN ACTIVITY
* Barbershops, beauty salons and similar personal services may continue to operate, but all staff and customers must always wear masks. These companies cannot work on the face or otherwise perform services that require the removal of masks
* Zoos may only serve their outdoor areas
* Parks, trails, playgrounds and athletic fields remain open for individual use only. (No group sports)
* Colleges and universities: online classes only (college sports may continue if their plan is specifically approved by the Department of Public Health and no spectators are present)
* Colleges: online classes only
* Elementary and Middle Schools: Personally Permitted by the Philadelphia Dept. for public health guidance
* Child Care, Early Childhood Education, and Admission Centers: Personally Permitted by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Guidance
* No more than five percent occupancy or five per. A thousand square meters
* Encouraged to hold services online
PERMITTED TO CONTINUE UNDER CURRENT HEALTH DEBT. INSTRUCTIONS
* Grocery stores and farmers markets
* Home-based construction, renovation, repair and maintenance
* Manufacturing and storage
* Operation and transactions in real estate
* Health services
* Home-based support services such as home services
* Taxis and ride sharing services
* Outdoor mobile food trucks and trucks
* Drive-in events where people stay in their vehicles
* Childcare and early learning centers
* Elementary and middle schools
* Admission centers for children in primary school
Restaurant employees face difficult decisions
Attorney Brian Fritz represents the “Philadelphia Restaurant Owners Group Against Lockdowns.” He is seeking an emergency ban to ban the closure of indoor dining.
“We have no reports and no investigations of in any way where the restaurants are linked to infections. How is dining in a restaurant in Philadelphia more dangerous than going to a Lowes, Walmart, Wawa or the city’s Christmas village?” Said Fritz.
Business owners claim that they should be able to operate with the security measures introduced in July, when many restrictions from the spring were lifted.
The lawsuit alleges 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 server 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 more financial uncertainty when the new restrictions take effect.
“Debt will pick up a little bit and it will certainly be stressful not knowing where your next source of income is coming 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 just really unfortunate,” said bartender Amanda Negri.
Jen Camela, general manager of Forsythia in the 200 Chestnut Street neighborhood, said many restaurants are being forced to make difficult decisions about their employees.
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“The people that we’ve been lucky enough to return, we have to send them home again, so that’s, I think, the hardest part,” Camela said.
Gyms that support the effect of shutdown
Fitness centers are also taking a huge hit when the city’s new restrictions take effect.
Stephen Kindler, president and CEO of a group of Planet Fitness franchises, said the closure of gyms does not make sense, adding that there is 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 the city can not, it’s a hard pill to swallow,” Kindler said.
Dr. Thomas Farley, the city’s chief health official, defended the city’s decision, saying it is now the most risky time for the transmission of the virus.
“What was safe now is now dangerous with the change of weather. Many companies feel that they are putting in place safety measures, they are safe, and I’m sure there is no spread there, and that’s true in many places. Remember, there are more people than ever with the virus, ”Farley said.
City officials said dramatic action is needed to respond to an exponential growth in cases and admissions.
On Thursday, health officials announced 765 further confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 57,237.
The number of residents who have died from the Philadelphia virus is 1,945.
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