In response to the number of new COVID-19 cases beginning to fall in Philadelphian and the region, the Health Department announced a series of changes to the City’s Safer-at-Home restrictions.
Beginning Friday, May 7, 2021, the following changes will go into effect:
For indoor dining
- Capacity will be increased from 25%, or 50% if restaurants meet enhanced ventilation standards, to 50%, or 75% if restaurants meet enhanced ventilation standards.
- Maximum table size will be increased from four to six, and there is no longer a requirement that everyone at the table be from the same household.
For outdoor dining
- Maximum table size will be increased to 10, which is the state limit.
For indoor catered events
- Important to remember that events like indoor weddings are the highest risk.
For the first time in more than a year, the City will allow indoor catered social events up to 25% occupancy of space with a cap of 75 persons total.
- If case rates continue to fall, the City may increase that cap to 150 beginning May 21.
Other gatherings and events
- Indoor gatherings and events will be able to increase their maximum capacity to 25% of normal capacity and outdoor gatherings and events will be able to increase maximum capacity to 50%.
In all of these situations, the Health Commissioner made a strong recommendation that anyone participating in these higher-risk and higher-density events should be vaccinated first.