City extends indoor restaurant dining ban until Jan. 15

Dr. Tom Farley, commissioner of the city Department of Public Health

The city on Tuesday afternoon updated its “Safer at Home” restrictions, which were to be implemented through at least Jan. 1. The state previously announced restrictions that would extend the city policy until 8 a.m. on Jan. 4.

On Tuesday, the city extended its restrictions on indoor dining, indoor gatherings and events, theaters, casinos, colleges and indoor organized sports through Jan. 15.

“We have made progress and saved lives with our Safer at Home restrictions,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “Now we need to be very careful with how we allow activities to restart — especially around the holiday season — so that we don’t ignite another surge in the virus.”

The city also announced plans to allow the opening of museums, outdoor sports, gyms, in-person learning for high schools and outdoor catered events on Jan. 4, unless the state extends its restrictions. Masks must be worn at all times, and density will be limited to fewer than five persons per 1,000 square feet.

Meanwhile, the city, at press time, reported 86,723 confirmed coronavirus cases.

An interactive map of cases broken down by ZIP code can be found at phila.gov.

There have been a total of 2,312 deaths in the city. Of those deaths, 989 have been in nursing homes.

To find testing sites, go to https://www.phila.gov/covid-testing-sites/#/.

Mask wearing remains required in all businesses, and the state has issued an order requiring masks while out in public.

Statewide, there are 571,551 cases in all 67 counties, with 14,212 confirmed deaths, including 8,122 in nursing homes or personal care facilities.

Philadelphians looking for the latest local information on the coronavirus can visit phila.gov/COVID-19.

Residents with questions can call a 24-hour helpline at 800-722-7112.

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