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  • 08 May 2020 10:59 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Yesterday, Thursday evening, Gov. Wolf extended the Stay at Home order to June 4 in the Philadelphia area.  

    Stay home as much as possible. Try to get groceries once per week instead of daily. Freedom of travel remains, but please refrain from non-essential travel. Essential travel includes things like commuting to an essential job, picking up supplies like groceries and medicine, and checking on family and pets in other households. Do not host or attend gatherings. 

  • 07 May 2020 11:35 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Several members have asked that we clearly state the need to wear masks when outside, especially if you are biking or running. Although it seems like common sense and common courtesy, I have had several somewhat heated conversations about this topic.   CCRA has looked into the regulations regarding mask wearing outside. Consistent with everything else we know about the Covid-19, the policies at the local, state and federal levels are consistently vague. While mask wearing outside, for any activity, is encouraged, it is not required if you are socially distant. 

    Philadelphia says you don't need a mask outside if you are staying six feet away from others.

     Pennsylvania recommends but does not mandate wearing a mask outdoors

    Federal policy (CDC/FEMA) says wear a mask or face covering when you go outside. (NOTE, this guidance expires as of tonight, April 30, at midnight)

    The Bicycle Coalition 
    (citing CDC guidelines--about to expire tonight) recommends that bikers wear masks and practice social distancing when riding. 

    I could not find an organization comparable to the Bicycle Coalition for runners but Philadelphia Runner, a long time CC running supply shop, sponsors several running clubs. On their blog, they cite CDC guidelines (again, about to expire tonight) for mask wearing and share directions on making your own mask.


    Bottom Line - although clearly a best practice, wearing a mask outdoors is not required.   Philadelphia guidance stipulates that you must be socially distanced (at least 6' from others) but with no enforcement, this is meaningless.  CCRA will continue to recommend mask wearing but that is all it is, a recommendation.


    FAQs about homemade masks

  • 04 May 2020 1:46 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    If you want to cook your own fish dinner, Robert Amar, owner of Small World Seafood, is selling fresh fish on Friday on Rittenhouse Square in front of The Dorchester. You can sign up for notifications about seafood selection each week. Order forms are sent to you on Thursday. Pick up Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 11.45 a.mFriends report this is very good fish.

  • 01 May 2020 10:57 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Two months after he presented his 2021 budget to the City Council, Philadelphia Major Jim Kenney released a revised budget on Friday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The revised budget includes layoffs, tax increases, salary reductions and cuts to some city services.

    "Even as our operating departments rushed to respond to the virus, I directed our finance and budget directors to start the budget process all over again," Kenney said in a recorded address. "They developed a new plan that addresses the unfortunate economic reality we now face."

    The Office of the Department of Finance projects that without the changes, the city would face a $649 million deficit in the coming year -- at least five times the projected deficit in 2009.

    The projection led to what Kenney called "painful" decisions in order to reduce spending.

  • 30 Apr 2020 3:55 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Violations of orders put in place to combat the spread of the covid-19 now carry fines up to $2,000 businesses and $600 for individuals.

    Enforcement officers also have the discretion to issue Code Violation Notices (CNVs) to allow payment of lesser amounts for violations of the order to avoid being taken to court. 

  • 29 Apr 2020 9:46 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As the rate of new cases of the coronavirus in Philadelphia continues to decline, albeit slowly, the city will begin winding down the operation of the temporary hospital space at Temple University’s Liacouras Center.

    It was another sign of improvement after the city avoided a catastrophic surge of cases — and it was also a sign of the caution officials are using as they move forward: As the virus still circulates, the city will keep equipment at the center in case of an unexpected surge or second wave.

  • 27 Apr 2020 1:39 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

     SEPTA is making another important change to its bus and trolley routes. It is no longer using a fixed timetable. Instead, SEPTA will run them on what it calls a frequency-based schedule.

    For example, some routes will run every 15 minutes, instead of at specific times, to reduce the number of people waiting.

    SEPTA is rolling out this system over the next few days.

    They are encouraging riders to check the SEPTA APP and transit view feature to see their next bus or trolley.

  • 24 Apr 2020 1:24 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    DFTI Boutique, located at 2032 Chestnut Street, donated their shopping totes to be used as inserts for masks for extra protection to our first responders at UPenn Hospital.

  • 24 Apr 2020 11:22 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Center City Quarterly

    Call for Submissions

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes programming and event-planning challenging at best, we are taking a novel approach to the Summer issue of the CCQ.  We decided this would be the perfect time to focus on those in our neighborhood and the greater community who are having an impact in ways large and small in helping us through this crisis.

    Do you know of a neighbor, friend, relative, service provider or local merchant who is going to extraordinary lengths to make life better for others?  Do you have a story of your own to share?  Pictures of good Samaritans in action?  We want to gather them all, and share them in a special online edition of the Center City Quarterly.

    This will serve as our Summer issue, so any regular features, such as the President’s Report and Calendar of Events, will still appear accordingly, along with announcements and updates on events that were previously published.


    • Deadline:  May 15
    •  Send submissions via email to, with CCQeditor in the subject line; please be sure to obtain your subject’s permission to be featured
    • Copy preferred in the form of Word attachments, 250-700 words
    • Photos, artwork and graphics should be submitted as jpg files (as large-format as possible); be sure to include complete CAPTION and CREDIT information

  • 23 Apr 2020 1:16 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Gov. Wolf releases plan to reopen PA.  Restrictions will begin to ease in the Commonwealth on May 8, getting back to business gradually and safely.

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