Dr. Thomas Farley ‘Hoping’ City May Start To See Turnaround From Winter Wave – CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s a big weekend for business in Philadelphia as the city begins lifting some coronavirus restrictions. This includes resumption of eating indoors with a capacity of 25%.
Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, joined Eyewitness News on Friday to explain what went into the decision.
He says the city has had a boom in cases after the vacation that awaited them. But now they expected the cases to start falling and he says it seems like they did.
“We want to keep the economy going, so we’re carefully and cautiously leaving some of the restrictions behind. Including, as you said, keeping 25% capacity restaurants indoors and increasing the capacity limits for some other settings, ”said Dr. Farley.
He adds that another industry that sees the ease of restrictions is theaters along with other venues that were at five people per 1,000 square feet. You will now be at 10 people per 1,000 square feet.
“Now I don’t want anyone to take that as a sign not to wear a mask when they get together. The fall rates are still very high,” said Dr. Farley.
So if there is another significant spike in some cases, is there any chance you will reverse course?
“Absolutely, there is a chance for that. This virus is unpredictable, it has gotten worse before and it could get worse again, ”said Dr. Farley. “When we feel we need it, we can put these restrictions on.”
He went on to explain that currently only health care workers in the city are receiving the COVID vaccine, but officials will keep residents informed if they go beyond it.
Dr. Farley also emphasized that the vaccine is only 95% effective and that it is possible that you might get the infection even though you do receive the vaccine.
He went on to say that the trend of falls in the city is “looking good”.
“I think we’re on the retreat now, I can’t tell how fast it is going. Everyone still has to take this very seriously. I hope we may see the turnaround for this winter wave, ”he said.
Watch the video for the full interview.
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