The Philadelphia Health Commissioner said last week that the indoor mask mandate is not being lifted for months to come. The city’s COVID-19 cases have been dropping recently, but not enough to change Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole’s decision.
We traveled to Center City to interview Tom Jackson, the manager of a popular restaurant in the city, El Vez. Here’s what he had to say about the news.
“It’s definitely deterred people from the suburbs or from jersey from coming into the city.”
Tom mentions how people from the suburbs have been avoiding dining in the city due to the mask mandate. Neighboring states like Delaware and New Jersey have announced this week they are ending indoor-mask mandates.
The vaccine mandate in Philadelphia also means you must be fully vaccinated to dine in at the restaurant.
“As a guest when you do come into the restaurant you are required to show us your valid photo I.D. and proof of vaccination. The vaccination does need to be both shots,” Tom explains.
Unvaccinated guests can order takeout at the restaurant.
While it’s been two years since the start of the pandemic, restaurants and businesses are still adjusting and adapting to changing COVID-19 guidelines and mandates.