Philadelphia to Scale Back on Reopening

City slated to enter a modified green phase July 3

The Mayor’s Office of Philadelphia held a press conference and reported 142 additional cases of coronavirus, bringing the city’s total number to 26,133. Five fatalities were reported elevating the death toll to 1,584. Over fifty-one percent of the deaths reported were long-term care facility residents.

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced that the city has not made the required progress to completely move into the green phase. Thirty-four percent of the cases reported in the last two weeks are under the age of 30. Farley attributed this rise in young cases to social events and travel.

Farley added that residents should avoid visiting states that have seen a rise in COVID-19 cases and that those who do should self-quarantine for 14 days.

Gyms and fitness centers will now open August 1 the earliest, along with indoor dining.

On July 3, a modified green phase will take effect which will allow for the restricted opening of indoor shopping malls, museums, and libraries. Masks will be mandatory in all of these settings. Casinos will also reopen without food and drink service.

Businesses reopening in the upcoming weeks are expected to adhere to the Reopening with Care page on the city’s website.

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