Calling it “the first step toward a new normal,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley on Tuesday said that the city had lifted two restrictions on food ordering.
Both policies were adopted in late March, at the beginning of the coronavirus shutdown.
The Philly Mobile Food Association had been lobbying for weeks for the city to lift the ban, even floating an idea to allow a dozen vendors a day to set up in private lots with contactless takeout. Last week, the city rebuffed the PFMA’s entreaties, saying it was committed to “a more holistic review” of the order.
“I’m glad for all the vendors out there every day trying to make a living,” said Matt Rossi, president of the Philly Mobile Food Association, which lobbied the city to change the rules.