Philly health officials say indoor dining unlikely to resume soon

Sign in front of restaurant reminding guests to have their temperatures checked
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By KYW Newsradio 1060

"We haven't set a date for when we're going to make that decision about extending it. I can tell you right now with case rates rising, it looks unlikely that we would allow that to start Aug. 1,” he said. 

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says throughout every region in the state, the increases in COVID-19 cases are trending towards a younger population.

"So individuals that are 19 to 24, individuals that are in their 20s, 30s, 40s that are particularly congregating in groups and particularly in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, et cetera,” she said. 

Meanwhile, Farley says while outdoor dining is permitted, restaurants still have to abide by the guidelines, pointing out that so far, seven restaurants have been shut down by health inspectors.

"Since May 1, we've done 4,277 inspections of restaurants and an additional 621 inspections in response to complaints,” he said. 

Meanwhile, outdoor dining is still open, but Farley says there are restrictions.

"Now, being 6 feet apart means that the humans are 6 feet apart, it doesn't mean that the tables are 6 feet apart,” Farley said. 

He reminds people that masks need to be worn when not at your table and stresses that people need to be reminded of dining guidelines through signage. 

"There's nothing wrong with a sign that says, 'We're Open,' but if it doesn't communicate safety, it's not going to be good enough,” Farley added.