1900 Market St Street | 8th Floor | Philadelphia, PA 19103 | 215.546.6719 | email: centercity@centercityresidents.org   Travis Oliver, Operations Manager

Relaxed Safer-at-Home Restrictions starting May 7

29 Apr 2021 1:04 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

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:

  • 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 are 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.


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