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Philadelphia to Announce New Restrictions; Wolf to Require Some Vaccines; Council to Vaccinate
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 08/10/21 11:46 pm | updated: 08/10/21 11:46 pm
Philadelphia officials are expected to announce several new coronavirus COVID-19 mitigation restrictions on Wednesday morning, 8/11. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and the Health Commissioner will address vaccines and masking for city employees, local businesses, and large outdoor gatherings. Philadelphia and the surrounding area is listed as having either 'substantial' or 'high' virus transmission levels. The CDC recommends that masks be worn inside regardless of vaccination status for areas with those levels. The City is expected to announce these new restrictions:

- Either a mask mandate or proof of vaccination for customers and employees inside Philadelphia businesses, which will be effective Wednesday.

- All city employees will either need to be vaccinated or double masked by September 1.

- Any outdoor non-seated, event with more than 1,000 attendees must require masks.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced on Tuesday, 8/10, that all employees of Pennsylvania's prisons and state health care and congregate care facilities must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 7 or be subject to weekly testing. That covers about 25,000 workers in the Corrections Department, state hospitals, veterans' homes, community health centers, prisons and homes for those with intellectual disabilities. New hires will be required to be vaccinated to start their employment. As an incentive, all state workers who are vaccinated will get an extra day off starting October 1.

"Throughout the pandemic, we have learned that the COVID-19 virus thrives in settings where people live in close proximity such as congregate care," Wolf said. "These individuals are often our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians who are unable to leave these facilities and rely on the direct care of the staff. We want our residents and their loved ones to have peace of mind that we are doing everything we can to keep them safe. It is our responsibility to do our part to protect our most vulnerable neighbors and stop the spread of this highly contagious virus."


It was announced on Tuesday, 8/10, that all Philadelphia City Councilmembers and staff will be required to get vaccinated by the start of the fall session in September or be subject to weekly testing. The fall session starts on September 16. City Council has not had live meetings or council sessions since spring 2020. "We understand the importance of Council returning to live Meetings and hearings after more than a year of conducting the people's business remotely," said Council President Clarke. "The public has a right to see and participate in the business of their City Council. At the same time, we must balance that right with public health and safety. With the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant, we must act to protect the public and Council. That's why we are requiring that all Council employees be vaccinated."

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