City Officials Expected To Outline Plans To Lift Some Indoor Dining Restrictions – CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia officials are expected to outline plans to lift some restrictions on indoor eating on Tuesday. The potential announcement comes as the number of cases continues to rise and health officials receive criticism of the slow adoption of vaccines.
Pennsylvania ranks 35th in vaccine delivery per capita, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the number may seem high, the state says they are working ASAP.
“We all need to do better to get the vaccine out and get vaccines up our arms,” said Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.
Dr. Levine went on the defensive when questions arose as to why the vaccine adoption was so slow.
“I think the pace has picked up very well in Pennsylvania and across the country last week,” said the Health Secretary. “We have to continue and improve.”
As the vaccine continues to be made available, the number of cases continues to rise. In the past seven days, the state has recorded over 42,000 cases, up from the previous week, but Philadelphia is reversing the trend.
On Monday, the city announced 1,500 cases, the total of three days on the weekend, a decrease from the previous week. This is good news for restaurant owners waiting to hear if they can reopen.
“We feel we did everything we can to keep our employees and customers safe and we will continue to do so,” said Jim Kirk, owner of Kite and Key.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said a return to indoor dining is contingent on the absence of lace in some cases. If the city follows the rules set by Governor Tom Wolf, restaurants can have a capacity of up to 50%.
Assuming we don’t have a spike in COVID-19 cases by Jan 15th, we plan to allow limited indoor eating to resume on Jan 16th. We will provide details at the COVID press conference next Tuesday and will add guidance to our website at this time. https://t.co/foUDH6pd87
– Jim #MaskUpPHL Kenney (@PhillyMayor) January 8, 2021
Kirk says even a smaller percentage would be welcomed.
“At 25%, that’s a welcome blessing for us and we look forward to getting back to 100%,” said Kirk.
As things slowly return to normal and the vaccinations continue, Dr. Levine for patience.
“I know it is really difficult to be patient, but we have to be patient. The amount of vaccines available to Pennsylvanians is still extremely limited and it will be a few months before enough vaccines are available to everyone, ”said Dr. Levine.
The state currently only vaccinates people in Group 1A, but is developing plans to include people in Group 1B. These are important workers, including people who work in hospitality, public transport, and teachers.
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