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  • 28 Sep 2020 10:30 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Do not use costume mask in place of cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around your face.

    Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

    Lower risk activities:

    • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
    • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household inside or outside and displaying them
    • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
    • Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
    • Scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house
    • Virtual Halloween costume contest
    • Halloween movie night with people you live with

     Moderate risk activities:

    • One-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard)
      • If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the bags.
    • Open-air costume parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart
    • Costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
    • Open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
    • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing
    • Outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart
    • If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.  Updated Sept. 21, 2020

  • 25 Sep 2020 4:53 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 a number of First Amendment activities will be taking place around the city including these 2 in Center City:

    11:00 am, participants of the annual “March to End Rape Culture” will gather at Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Blvd.  After the speakers address the crowd, they will march to a second undisclosed location.

    2:00 pm, “Trump/Pence Out Now” protestors will gather at Independence Mall, 525 Market St. and may do a march.

    The Police Civil Affairs, Traffic and bike patrol units will be assigned to these activities.   

  • 25 Sep 2020 2:43 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The 2020 general election is a presidential election, which occurs every four years. This guide includes important information about the election, how you can participate, and your options for voting by mail.
  • 25 Sep 2020 10:34 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    You can now add fuel for your car to the growing list of items you can get delivered.

    A company called "Gas It Up" is making its Philadelphia debut Thursday. Using their app, you place your order and they bring the pump right to you.

  • 24 Sep 2020 10:51 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Support the businesses and people who create Center City’s unique shopping, dining, and social experiences. Shop Center City Saturday on September 26; help restore jobs. 

    It’s an entire day of specials from places like Benjamin Lovell Shoes and DFTI; to re-openings at key retailers like Boyd’s; and free gifts and giveaways from Ritual Shoppe and Reading Terminal Market. Plus, fuel up with free fries from Shake Shack Center City. 

    Check the website often for the most up-to-date list of participants.

  • 24 Sep 2020 10:43 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The view from the 57th floor of the Observation Deck at One Liberty Place is for the moment a memory, as One Liberty announced that it has suspended operations on the popular deck. Whether it will resume operation is to be determined.


  • 24 Sep 2020 10:38 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Buffeted by a months-long pandemic shutdown, the Philadelphia Fashion District celebrated its first anniversary this past weekend. Formerly housing the Gallery, the entertainment and shopping destination reopened its doors in July with safety protocols.


  • 23 Sep 2020 4:02 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Philadelphia Police Dept. is expecting at least 2 protest events in Center City tonight: 

    6:00 pm at Independence Mall, 535 Market St. and 7:00 pm at City Hall, 1400 JFK Blvd. Increased police deployment will be evident throughout Center City. 

    The Mayor's Office provided the following: 

    The City is not encouraging businesses to close down early. Businesses can take the following steps to prepare for large crowds and potential protest activity:

    • Bring signs, flags, flower pots or any other non-fixed objects inside. 
    • Keep the property well-lit when the business is closed. 
    • If security cameras are installed, make sure they are in working order and you have data storage available before leaving the property; windows, doors and any access points should be visible to the cameras.
    • Secure all commercial dumpsters. 

  • 23 Sep 2020 1:50 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As for the rest of you, it seems to come down to which Facebook neighborhood group you belong to.

  • 23 Sep 2020 1:45 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The state of Pennsylvania has launched its coronavirus exposure notification app, dubbed COVID Alert PA and based on Apple and Google technology.  You can access the app in the Google Play or Apple Stores.

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