8:50 PM - July 2, 2020
8:50 PM - July 2, 2020

Photos: Fishtown carwash fundraiser for out-of-work restaurant workers

— Heather Khalifa

5:58 PM - July 2, 2020
5:58 PM - July 2, 2020

COVID-19 trends in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

— John Duchneskie

4:06 PM - July 2, 2020
4:06 PM - July 2, 2020

Philadelphia delays reopening of landlord-tenant court

Laron Campbell, Community Legal Services Client, hugs Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym after an October committee meeting. The committee voted in favor of Helen Gym's bill that would provide free legal counsel to tenants facing eviction.
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Laron Campbell, Community Legal Services Client, hugs Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym after an October committee meeting. The committee voted in favor of Helen Gym's bill that would provide free legal counsel to tenants facing eviction.

Philadelphia’s landlord-tenant court, which has been closed since mid-March to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, was scheduled to reopen Monday.

But the court will remain closed to nonemergency business at least through Sept. 2 because of the increasing number of new infections in the city and “limitations in accessing court facilities,” according to a court order issued Thursday. The order averts what tenant advocates expected would be a disaster of confused renters unaware of new pandemic-related protections and renters who would automatically lose their cases by not showing up to court out of fear of contracting COVID-19.

Mayor Jim Kenney on Wednesday signed a package of City Council bills that extends the eviction moratorium in Philadelphia through Aug. 31 and otherwise makes allowances for tenants during the pandemic.

— Michaelle Bond

3:42 PM - July 2, 2020
3:42 PM - July 2, 2020

Pa. recommends 14-day quarantine after travel to states with rising COVID-19 cases

Pennsylvania officials are now recommending that people who have traveled to any of 15 states recently reporting spikes in coronavirus infections should quarantine at home for 14 days after they return.

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said Tuesday the city is advising “that people in Philadelphia not travel to high incidence areas and that people traveling from high incidence areas coming to Philadelphia self-quarantine for 14 days.”

The states listed by Pennsylvania on Thursday include:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

— Robert Moran

3:00 PM - July 2, 2020
3:00 PM - July 2, 2020

Murphy tells N.J. residents to ‘use common sense’ over the Fourth of July weekend

Beach goers are shown at Strathmere, N.J., on Thursday.
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Beach goers are shown at Strathmere, N.J., on Thursday.

As New Jersey prepares for a weekend of barbecues, gatherings, and trips down the Shore over the Fourth of July weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy urged residents to “have an enjoyable time, but use common sense.”

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus over the holiday, the governor stressed that residents should employ social distancing, wear face coverings, wash their hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer.

Murphy said he hopes to spend some of the weekend dining outdoors down the Shore, and urged fellow diners to refrain from gathering around crowded bars, and leave if the space feels uncomfortably busy.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli added that the state’s newly reopened amusement parks will be expected to comply with requirements to mitigate the spread of the virus, including limiting occupancy to 50%, requiring face coverings for staff and visitors, and making sure walkways or stairways are one-way or have clearly marked directions.

“COVID-19 is still circulating in our state,” Persichilli said. “It’s up to all of us to stop the spread of this virus. Don’t just think about your health, think about the health of your family, your friends, your neighbors.”

— Oona Goodin-Smith

2:45 PM - July 2, 2020
2:45 PM - July 2, 2020

Philly to close 5 blocks of East Passyunk Avenue for outdoor dining

The singing fountain and surrounding neighborhood at East Passyunk and Tasker.
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The singing fountain and surrounding neighborhood at East Passyunk and Tasker.

Philadelphia will close five blocks of East Passyunk Avenue to traffic to create space for outdoor dining and retail sales, the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District announced on its website Friday.

According to the group, East Passyunk Avenue from Broad to Dickinson Streets will close to vehicles next week on the following dates:

  • Friday, July 10: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 11: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 12: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This will be Philadelphia’s first attempt to close streets to create space for dining since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The move comes as the city has pushed back the return of indoor dining to at least Aug. 1.

More than 30 restaurants and eateries will take part, offering a mix of reservation-based table service and open seating. Reservations are encouraged to enable better social distancing, and masks are mandatory until patrons sit down at their table.

Among the restaurants participating are Barcelona Wine Bar, Bing Bing Dim Sum, Cantina Los Caballitos, ITV Philly, Laurel, Le Virtù, NOORD eetcafe, River Twice, and Stogie Joe’s Tavern.

Several retail shops will also sells goods in the expanded space.

— Rob Tornoe

1:50 PM - July 2, 2020
1:50 PM - July 2, 2020

Steel Pier workers ready amusement park for reopening

Raphael Martinez and Jose Lopez, mechanics at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ on Thursday, July 2, 2020. They are checking the bumper cars for working order before the reopen today in the afternoon.
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Raphael Martinez and Jose Lopez, mechanics at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ on Thursday, July 2, 2020. They are checking the bumper cars for working order before the reopen today in the afternoon.
Neury Ogando, a mechanic technician with the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ on Thursday, July 2, 2020. This is the first day the pier will be able to reopen since the COVID-19 shutdown. Neury is inspecting the Flying Dutchman ride at the pier before the reopening.
ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
Neury Ogando, a mechanic technician with the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ on Thursday, July 2, 2020. This is the first day the pier will be able to reopen since the COVID-19 shutdown. Neury is inspecting the Flying Dutchman ride at the pier before the reopening.
Neury Ogando, a mechanic technician with the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ on Thursday, July 2, 2020. This is the first day the pier will be able to reopen since the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown. Neury is inspecting the Flying Dutchman ride at the pier before the reopening.
ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
Neury Ogando, a mechanic technician with the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ on Thursday, July 2, 2020. This is the first day the pier will be able to reopen since the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown. Neury is inspecting the Flying Dutchman ride at the pier before the reopening.
1:40 PM - July 2, 2020
1:40 PM - July 2, 2020

New Jersey raises limit on crowd size for outdoor gatherings

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Thursday extended the state’s public emergency declaration for another 30 days, while raising the permitted outdoor gathering size to 500 people.

The emergency extension, Murphy said, will allow state officials to “have authority to remain vigilant and prepare to act” in the event of another outbreak of the coronavirus.

Previously, crowd limits were capped at 250 people, but officials are increasing that number to 500 heading into the holiday weekend and in anticipation of school graduation ceremonies, Murphy said.

The state’s limits on indoor gatherings — 25% of capacity, but with a maximum of 100 people — remain unchanged.

Beginning Friday, New Jersey’s flags will also move from half-staff to full-staff, Murphy said. The governor ordered the flags lowered in early April, to honor the residents who died due to the coronavirus.

But, acknowledging another 27 deaths Thursday, the move does does not mean that the state’s fight against coronavirus is over, he stressed.

“This is not a moment of closure, this is not a moment of triumph,” Murphy said. “This is an acknowledgement that the time is right.”

— Oona Goodin-Smith

1:33 PM - July 2, 2020
1:33 PM - July 2, 2020

As the heat rises, Philly will turn on spraygrounds and water features

Spraygrounds in Herron Park and across Philadelphia will be turned on beginning Monday, the city announced.
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Spraygrounds in Herron Park and across Philadelphia will be turned on beginning Monday, the city announced.

Philadelphia will turn on spraygrounds and water features at Parks and Recreation facilities beginning Monday, officials announced Thursday.

The 91 spraygrounds, which had been turned off so far this year during the coronavirus pandemic, will be open from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.

City officials are still working to develop plans for helping vulnerable residents when an intense heat wave hits Philadelphia, as typical cooling center plans are complicated by the coronavirus.

“We are currently in the process of determining how we can safely open facilities such as libraries and [Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging] senior centers during those heat waves,” Managing Director Brian Abernathy said.

Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said people who are most vulnerable to heat, including elderly residents and those with health conditions, are also most vulnerable to COVID-19.

“We will, however, make sure those who need somewhere to go have somewhere to go,” Abernathy said.

In the interim, Abernathy and Farley reminded residents to check on family members and neighbors. The state Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is accepting applications for its recovery crisis program through the end of August, and PECO has extended its moratorium on shutoffs, which Abernathy said may help residents who have anxiety about paying for air conditioning.

— Laura McCrystal

1:26 PM - July 2, 2020
1:26 PM - July 2, 2020

After months of declines, case counts continue to slowly rise in Philly

Cases of the coronavirus are continuing to rise in Philadelphia, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said Thursday as the city announced 143 new confirmed cases.

“Here in Philadelphia, our case counts are rising slowly after falling for months,” Farley said during a virtual news conference.

While new cases of the virus are rising faster in other parts of the state and country, Farley said, new cases of the virus in Philadelphia have averaged about 110 per day for the past week.

The virus is spreading especially in young people, he said, with one-third of recent cases in people under 30; many of them reported recent trips to the Jersey Shore.

The city also announced five deaths from the coronavirus Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths in city residents to 1,614. Philadelphia has had a total of 26,400 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in city residents.

Farley said there will be “some tough months” ahead for the city, but based on progress in vaccine development he is optimistic that a vaccine will be deployed in Philadelphia sometime in 2021.

“It is clear that we will be living with this virus for a long time, but this situation isn’t forever,” he said.

Farley urged residents to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing over the holiday weekend, and said he himself would “absolutely not” be attending a barbecue or picnic.

”I try to be safe and I follow our own recommendations,” he said, “so I’m not going to be around other people other than my family.”

— Laura McCrystal

1:20 PM - July 2, 2020
1:20 PM - July 2, 2020

Many new cases in Buck County due to out-of-state travel, according to health director

Many of the new coronavirus cases in Bucks County over the past week were a result of out-of-state travel, according to Health Department director David Damsker. Among the locations Damsker cited were Florida; Arizona; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Florida; and the Jersey Shore.

“Over the past week, we have seen sometimes a third of our cases, sometimes closer to a half of our cases, are from travel,” Damsker said during a virtual press conference on Thursday. “We’re not seeing a lot more new cases coverall, we’re just seeing additional travel-related cases.

As of Thursday, there have been 5,262 coronavirus cases in Buck County, where daily case counts are down from their peak in May. Bucks moved into the less-restrictive “green” phase of reopening on June 26, and Damsker said he wouldn’t be in favor of jumping back to “yellow,” even if case counts begin to rise again in the county.

“What I don’t like about ‘yellow’ is that it penalizes businesses that are doing the right thing,” Damsker said. “We’re looking at more of a specific focus on the businesses that are not doing the right things, rather than making everybody go ‘yellow.’”

Damsker said he’s seen good compliance from bar and restaurant owners so far, and that inspectors will be sent out this weekend to ensure businesses comply with social-distancing rules.

“We’re hoping everyone will just comply voluntarily… because if we start seeing outbreaks again, they’re going to be the first places that Gov. Wolf will shut down,” Damsker said. “It’s already happened in Allegheny [County], it’s happened in other states, and we’re trying to avoid that from happening here.”

— Rob Tornoe

12:38 PM - July 2, 2020
12:38 PM - July 2, 2020

Atlantic City gamblers take to the casino floors for the first time since March

Show girls make their way along the casino floor on the morning of the reopening of Ocean Casino in Atlantic City on Thursday.
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Show girls make their way along the casino floor on the morning of the reopening of Ocean Casino in Atlantic City on Thursday.

Atlantic City casinos opened their doors Thursday to a small but excited group of gamblers, some of whom traveled hundreds of miles to toss the dice and play the slots amid a pandemic.

It was a tame environment by Atlantic City standards, with no smoking or drinking allowed on the casino floor, and hardly any talking among mesmerized slot machine players. It wasn’t hard to socially distance, with some customers getting entire rows of slots or roulette tables to themselves. Everyone wore masks or face shields, and only a few complained about it.

Joe Arnashus, a 54-year-old from Toms River, played the first hand of blackjack in 108 days at Ocean Casino Resort. He won $55. He won the next two hands before his luck ran out.

Joe Arnashus of Toms River played the ceremonial first hand of blackjack on the reopening of Ocean Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on Thursday, July 2, 2020. Dealing is Calvin Nguyen.
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Joe Arnashus of Toms River played the ceremonial first hand of blackjack on the reopening of Ocean Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on Thursday, July 2, 2020. Dealing is Calvin Nguyen.

”It’s a start. These poor guys have been out of work for three and a half months,” he said. “I’m sure they’re happy to be back. We’re happy to be back playing. And we’ll see how it goes.”

Over at Hard Rock Hotel Casino a Gene Simmons impersonator welcomed guests. He wore a mask over his makeup and couldn’t stick out his iconic tongue.

The casino checked customers’ temperatures as they entered with thermal imaging cameras. Hard Rock installed 200 hand sanitizer dispensers and separated craps and roulette players with plexiglass partitions.

But this being Atlantic City, famous for not enforcing prohibition, at least one gambler found a way to bypass the ban on drinking on the casino floor.

“It hasn’t been a problem,” he said, and shook an orange juice bottle that smelled like something much stronger.

—Christian Hetrick

12:05 PM - July 2, 2020
12:05 PM - July 2, 2020

Pa. reports more than 800 new coronavirus cases as daily count trends up

Boaters gather at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers in downtown Pittsburgh, Friday, June 26, 2020.
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Boaters gather at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers in downtown Pittsburgh, Friday, June 26, 2020.

Pennsylvania announced 832 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the largest one-day increase since May 22, according to data provided by the state’s Department of Health.

It is the fifth time in six days the number of new cases has topped 600 in a 24-hour period, an uptick officials have said could be linked to young people drinking and gathering at bars and restaurants that have recently been allowed to reopen.

“Our latest data shows that the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing across the state,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a statement. “The virus has not gone away. Each of us has a responsibility to continue to protect ourselves, our loved ones and others by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing our hands frequently.”

Pennsylvania also reported 25 new deaths, increasing the state’s confirmed death toll to 6,712. Currently, 632 Pennsylvanians are hospitalized by the coronavirus, an increase since Wednesday but still well below the state’s capacity.

— Rob Tornoe

11:40 AM - July 2, 2020
11:40 AM - July 2, 2020

Florida reports more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases

People wait in line at a walk-up testing site for COVID-19 during the new coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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People wait in line at a walk-up testing site for COVID-19 during the new coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida’s Department on Health reported 10,109 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, topping the state’s previous high of 9,585 as the state continues to grapple with an outbreak that shows no signs of slowing.

Overall, Florida has reported 169,106 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, now the fifth most in the country behind New York, California, Texas, and New Jersey. 3,617 Floridians have died.

Both Philadelphia and New Jersey included Florida in a travel advisory cautioning residents preparing to travel, and people returning are requested to quarantine for 14-days.

The other 14 states on Philadelphia’s travel advisory are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. New Jersey’s advisory also includes Idaho.

— Rob Tornoe

11:20 AM - July 2, 2020
11:20 AM - July 2, 2020

Photos: Some casinos reopen in Atlantic City

10:00 AM - July 2, 2020
10:00 AM - July 2, 2020

In Philly, coronavirus cases have doubled among older teens

(Left to Right) Clement Thomas, Kayla Young, and Hazel Raboczi, shown here on the beach in Wildwood, NJ, all stayed in a hotel, May 27, 2020.
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(Left to Right) Clement Thomas, Kayla Young, and Hazel Raboczi, shown here on the beach in Wildwood, NJ, all stayed in a hotel, May 27, 2020.

With Philadelphia no longer seeing declines in daily coronavirus case counts, the number of young people contracting the virus is rising dramatically.

City data showed that 99 people between ages 16 and 19 tested positive the week of June 14 — more than double what was reported in the previous two weeks. Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said the surge is partly due to teens traveling to the Jersey Shore and socializing.

The increase locally mirrors the case surges among young people in the South and the West, particularly in California, Florida, and Texas. And while the elderly usually suffer most from COVID-19′s effects, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that coronavirus hospitalizations for people 18 to 49 have increased from 27% in the week of March 7 to 35% the week of June 20.

“We’re seeing cases here in people, all of which are young people, who are going to the beach and staying in a beach house,” Farley said. “They’re going to restaurants and bars when they travel. All this is contributing to the fact that the case count is no longer decreasing.”

In New Jersey, positive cases among young people have declined less than in other age groups, said Ed Lifshitz, medical director of the New Jersey Department of Health Communicable Disease Service. While the Shore’s reopening hasn’t directly led to an increase in cases, Lifshitz said that officials are aware of instances in bars and restaurants when social distancing hasn’t happened.

— Bethany Ao

9:00 AM - July 2, 2020
9:00 AM - July 2, 2020

Pa. mask mandate: What you need to know

A makeshift mask rests over the face of the John B. Kelly statue on Kelly Drive in Philadelphia, Pa.
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A makeshift mask rests over the face of the John B. Kelly statue on Kelly Drive in Philadelphia, Pa.

Gov. Tom Wolf ordered Wednesday that masks must be worn in all public places where people cannot stay reasonably apart, saying coronavirus upticks in Pennsylvania were occurring where people “were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing.”

“Those hot spots can be traced to situations where Pennsylvanians were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing — two practices that must be adhered to if we want to maintain the freedoms we have in place under our reopening,” Wolf said in a statement.

Who must wear masks?

Masks must be worn in a public space — whether indoors or outdoors — whenever anyone leaves their home and can’t maintain a proper social distance from others.

Masks are also required when waiting for or riding public transportation, taxis, or a ride-sharing service.

“When in doubt about a circumstance or if a specific circumstance is not included in the order, people should err on the side of caution and wear a mask,” a spokesperson for the Health Department told the Inquirer.

What about wearing masks in restaurants and bars?

Masks are required inside restaurants and bars, but can be removed when people begin eating and drinking, according to the Health Department.

Indoor dining is still permitted in Pennsylvania counties that have entered the “green” phase of reopening, though Philadelphia has pushed back indoor dining to at least Aug. 1.

Who is exempt from the mask mandate?

  • Individuals who can’t wear a mask due to a medical condition
  • Children under the age of two
  • Individuals unable to remove a mask without assistance or who are attempting to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired
  • Sites where wearing a mask could create unsafe working conditions

How will the mandate be enforced?

“We are relying on the good sense and cooperative spirit of Pennsylvanians to follow the Sec. of Health’s mask-wearing requirement order, and at this time law enforcement will not be charged with enforcing this latest order with citations for noncompliance,” a Health Department spokesperson said.

— Rob Tornoe

8:40 AM - July 2, 2020
8:40 AM - July 2, 2020

U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June, but that was before coronavirus rollbacks

Chairs are stacked inside Black & Brew, which is closed, as a pedestrian is reflected in the cafe's door on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
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Chairs are stacked inside Black & Brew, which is closed, as a pedestrian is reflected in the cafe's door on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June as states loosened coronavirus restrictions, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

The unemployment rate in the United States dropped to 11.1%, but the government survey took place in the middle of June, so it doesn’t take into account recent rollbacks in several states forced by coronavirus surges.

The number is also about 1 percentage point lower than the actual unemployment rate due to a counting error at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in which some unemployed workers were counted as still having jobs.

Meanwhile, an additional 1.427 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the first time the week ending June 27, the 15th-straight week new jobless claims have topped 1 million.

— Rob Tornoe

7:40 AM - July 2, 2020
7:40 AM - July 2, 2020

Atlantic City casinos begin reopening

Patrons line up to get into the Hard Rock in Atlantic City on July 2, 2020. It had been closed due to the coronavirus since March.
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Patrons line up to get into the Hard Rock in Atlantic City on July 2, 2020. It had been closed due to the coronavirus since March.

For the first time since March 16, Atlantic City casinos began opening their doors Thursday morning thanks to loosening coronavirus restrictions in New Jersey.

Hard Rock, Golden Nugget, Ocean, Resorts, and Tropicana all opened their doors Thursday to gamblers. There are capacity restrictions and guests aren’t allowed to drink or eat food inside. Smoking is also be banned indoors due to face mask requirements.

Bally’s, Caesars, and Harrah’s are planning to reopen Friday morning at 10 a.m.

Borgata, the city’s most popular and profitable casino, will remain closed rather than hold an invitation-only soft opening as previously planned for today.

“Our guests expect a special experience when they come to our property and if we cannot provide that level of hospitality, we feel it best that we remain closed until such time that the Governor lets us know it is safe to offer food and beverage,” MGM Resorts International, the parent company of the Borgata, said earlier this week.

Amusement parks, museums, and libraries will also be allowed to reopen today in New Jersey.

— Rob Tornoe

7:20 AM - July 2, 2020
7:20 AM - July 2, 2020

Parx Casino suspends indoor smoking due to Pa. mask mandate

Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pa. has barred smoking indoors due to Pennsylvania's new mask mandate.
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Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pa. has barred smoking indoors due to Pennsylvania's new mask mandate.

Parx Casino will temporarily suspend indoor smoking on its casino floor starting today due to Pennsylvania’s new mask mandate.

The casino, which reopened to customers Monday, said smoking will still be allowed on its outdoor patios.

On Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered that masks must be worn in all public places where people cannot stay reasonably apart, saying coronavirus upticks were occurring where people “were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing.”

— Rob Tornoe

7:00 AM - July 2, 2020
7:00 AM - July 2, 2020

U.S. tops 50,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time

For the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States added more than 50,000 new cases in a day as the number of infected Americans continues to surge.

The country added 50,655 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. That eclipses a high of 45,255 new cases reached on June 26.

More than 2.6 million Americans have contracted COVID-19, and at least 128,062 have died, by far the most deaths of any country.

California, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia all broke single-day records for new cases Wednesday. At least 22 states — including New Jersey and Delaware — have paused or rolled back reopening plans.

— Rob Tornoe