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Philly Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions, Indoors Prohibited; NJ Enacts New Rules; Moderna Vaccine
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 11/16/20 2:27 pm | updated: 11/16/20 2:27 pm
 
Philadelphia Heath Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley announced new restrictions on Monday, 11/16, called 'Safer at Home' aimed to fight this new wave of coronavirus COVID-19. The restrictions go into effect starting Friday, November 20 through January 1, 2021. Farley said that the City of Philadelphia is now averaging 700 new daily positive cases at a 13% positivity rate. Dr. Farley asked neighboring counties to enact similar restrictions.

Here are some of the main restrictions:

- Indoor gatherings of any kind in any place with members of different households is prohibited whether in public or private. This is to reduce the spread of virus. Including weddings, funerals, showers, parties, etc.

- Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10% of capacity or 10 people per 1,000 sqft. up to 2,000. Food and drink cannot be served and masks/social distancing must be followed. No more fans at Philadelphia Eagles games.

- Indoor dining is no longer allowed. Outdoor dining is still allowed, but tables must only sit 4 people. Dining groups should all belong to same household.

- Retail stores can still operate but only with 5 customers per 1,000 sqft. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be enforced.

- Office employees should work from home if possible.

- Religious institutions will be allowed open with 5 people per 1,000 sqft.

- Theaters and performance spaces, bowling alleys, arcades, museums, libraries, casinos, youth/community/school sports, and gyms are not permitted.

- College sports can continue without spectators.

- Parks, trails, playgrounds, and athletic fields are open for individuals

- Zoos are open for outdoor areas

- There are many essential businesses allowed to operate.

UPDATE: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced new guidance for schools this afternoon following the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)'s decision on new restrictions.

In regards to high schools, "All eight secondary schools in the City of Philadelphia will shift to the all virtual model of instruction beginning Monday, November 23, 2020. All school related in-person activities and athletic events in Philadelphia will also be suspended during this period."

"Based on input from the health departments serving Bucks and Chester-Delaware counties, the current models of instruction will continue for schools in those areas." Montgomery County high schools are going all-virtual for two weeks beginning 11/23.

"Parish and regional elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia are permitted to continue with in-person instruction, following PDPH’s safety guidelines, which are already in place and being followed at all schools."

SEE FULL DETAILS: Philadelphia announces new “Safer at Home” restrictions to fight rising COVID-19 cases

New Jersey Governor Philly Murphy announced new restrictions on gatherings due to the rapid rise of coronavirus COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state. New daily positive case records continue to be set along with high positivity rate. Effective Tuesday, November 16, indoor gatherings will be restricted to an maximum of 10 people and effective Monday, November 23, outdoor gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of 150 people. Indoor sports can exceed 10 people, but only if those extra people are necessary, such as players, coaches, and referees, not spectators. Certain indoor gatherings can operate at 25% capacity up to 150 people including religious services/celebrations, political events, weddings, funerals/memorial services, and performances. Thanksgiving is going to be different. Officials are urging residents to keep celebrations as small as possible.



Moderna announced on Monday, 11/16, that its coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective according to preliminary data from its ongoing clinical trial. Last week, Pfizer announced their vaccine was 90% effective. Dr. Stephen Hoge, Moderna's president, said, "That should give us all hope that actually a vaccine is going to be able to stop this pandemic and hopefully get us back to our lives," Hoge told The Associated Press. He added: "It won't be Moderna alone that solves this problem. It's going to require many vaccines" to meet the global demand. Both vaccines require people to get two doses. Officials are still determining who would get the first doses of any vaccine, most likely front line workers and high risk. The FDA will have to approve any vaccine before it gets distributed to the public. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla tweeted saying, "Our companies share a common goal - defeating this dreaded disease."

 
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