Philadelphia Halts Full Reopening Plans Until At Least August 1

After cases have risen in the city of Philadelphia, the Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced on Tuesday that the city would “pause” its current reopening plans into the green phase.

The city was hoping to fully go into the green phase on July 3, but now indoor dining will NOT be permitted after all, and gyms and fitness centers will not be allowed to open either. Both indoor dining and gyms will not be able to reopen until at least August 1.

Farley added that some other attractions, like casinos and museums can reopen on Friday as planned, with required mask usage inside.

City officials will re-examine the delay of openings weekly, Farley said. The city reported 142 new cases on Tuesday, which is higher than the 80-per-day goal for fully reopening into the green. Pennsylvania as a whole has reported an uptick in cases, and this follows Governor Phil Murphy announced this week that New Jersey would also delay the opening of indoor dining.

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