TL;DR: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said that indoor gatherings will now be limited to 25 people, down from 100. Murphy said the shift is the direct result of concerns over large house parties. The Pennsylvania Department of Health quietly announced late last month that it was temporarily suspending requirements for children’s immunizations, a move that could mark a return for vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, doctors fear.

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⚽ Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf indicated Monday that high schools that are doing virtual learning may want to reconsider allowing contact sports this fall.

🏈 Eagles coach Doug Pederson announced Sunday he tested positive for the coronavirus. Still, Pederson said he continues to feel good about the Eagles’ precautions and the NFL’s chances of playing a full season.

👨🏻‍⚕️ Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a live interview Monday that the COVID-19 surges in much of the country were “not inevitable,” and scientists must remain “humble” as they continue learning how to treat the disease.

🚍 Starting Tuesday, SEPTA will be deploying ambassadors in an attempt to encourage all travelers to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

⚾ The Phillies will travel to New York tonight to resume their schedule against the Yankees, after reporting no positive coronavirus results.

🥪 Wawa announced it is permanently closing its popular Broad and Walnut Streets store due to the impact from the pandemic.

💰Philadelphia has received nearly $4.2 million in federal grant money that will be awarded to organizations that work in homeless outreach and homelessness prevention.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said that indoor gatherings will now be limited to 25 people, down from 100. The new order means that indoor house parties can include no more than 25 people, a shift the governor said is the direct result of concerns over large gatherings and a rising rate of COVID-19 infections. Murphy also announced Monday that face coverings will be required for all students at all times while inside school buildings, unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health quietly announced late last month that it was temporarily suspending requirements for children’s immunizations, my colleague Kasra Zarei reports. The move that could send mixed signals to parents about the importance of vaccines, and could mark a return for vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, doctors fear. Neal Goldstein, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Drexel University, said the message “suggests that vaccination can take a back seat to other things right now. But that’s not the case.”

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