City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farely said at a news conference on Tuesday that as the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to rise nationwide and regionally, the news is not good.
On Tuesday, 142 new positive cases were reported, and the city’s total reached 26,133. Five more people died in Philadelphia, bringing the total to 1,584.
Farley said that in the past two weeks, the positive cases are likely to be young people. In the past two weeks, 34% of cases were under 30 years of age, compared with 20% during the entire pandemic.
He said it was related to social activities and travel, especially to the Jersey Shore.
Farley said that the number of daily cases in the city will no longer decrease, and Philadelphia will not be able to achieve its goal of complete greening on Friday.
As a result, the city suspended the reopening of indoor restaurants and gyms and fitness centers at least until August 1
The city also requires people in Philadelphia not to travel to the following states with rising COVID-19 numbers: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
Farley said people who return to Philadelphia from any of these states should be self-isolated for 14 days.
On Friday, Philadelphia will allow some businesses to reopen during the revised restricted green phase.
These businesses and activities include museums and libraries, indoor shopping malls, and small indoor and outdoor parties.
The casino will also be allowed to open during this restricted green period, but only under very strict requirements-masks are required, the distance between customers should be up to six feet, and eating, drinking or smoking indoors is absolutely not allowed.
All business and activities must follow the following guidelines for security models: The city’s “reopening spirit” website.
Farley added that if people can work remotely, they should continue to do so.
Farley pointed out that he expects Philadelphia to deal with the virus for a long time, and if this situation increases, the city may be forced to close some previously opened businesses.
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