Thanks to the meteoric rise of positive COVID-19 cases nationally, and especially locally, the City of Philadelphia announced tightened restrictions across the city on Monday. Due to those restrictions, fans will no longer be permitted to attend Eagles games at Lincoln Financial Field for the time being.
The City of Philadelphia announced new outdoor restrictions on Monday due to the ongoing health crisis and the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the region. As a result, the Eagles will not be able to host fans at Lincoln Financial Field.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 16, 2020
The Linc opened its doors to fans one month ago, and fans got to see the Eagles go head-to-head with the Ravens, Giants, and Cowboys. The Birds went 2-1 in that stretch.
You’d think the businesses that are most affected by these shutdowns would be helped in a major way – but nothing points to that happening, unfortunately. And nothing points to people adhering to these new restrictions throughout the holiday season. It’s going to be a long time before this area is back to normal.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced the measures during a news conference on Monday afternoon.
“I know these restrictions are tough. People are going to be put out of work, and some businesses may go under,” Farley said, adding, “If we do this right, our businesses will recover faster because the epidemic wave will subside sooner.”
The following restrictions will take effect on Friday, November 20 and will last through January 1, 2021:
*Indoor dining prohibited
*Allow outdoor dining, but require parties be individual household members only and reduce maximum table size to 4
*Allow with reduced density limit of five people per 1,000 square feet and with enforcement of mask use
*Employees must work from home unless not possible
*Prohibited indoors at any size, at any location
*Includes both public and private events
*For example: Indoor parties, group meals, football watching groups, visiting between households, weddings, funerals, baby showers
*Gatherings limited at 10% occupancy or 10 persons per 1,000 square feet
*Cap for large spaces of no more than 2,000 people.
*No fans at football games
*No food or beverages served at outdoor gatherings to ensure people can wear masks
SPORTS (Youth, school and community)
GYMS, MUSEUMS & LIBRARIES
*Colleges & universities: online classes only
*High schools: online only
*Elementary and middle schools: in-person permitted, following Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health safety guidance
CHILD CARE & EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
*Permitted following PDPH safety guidance
*No more than five percent occupancy or five per thousand square feet
*Religious institutions encouraged to hold services online
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