TL;DR: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced the state has postponed the start of indoor dining indefinitely. It was originally scheduled to resume Thursday. Murphy cited instances of “knucklehead behavior” at local outdoor restaurants among the reasons for the postponement. SEPTA Regional Rail is coming back, but many of its suburban riders are still working from home.

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📈 Philadelphia has added nearly 300 new coronavirus cases since Friday as health officials warn daily case counts in the city are no longer dropping.

🍺 Pennsylvania added more than 1,100 new coronavirus cases over the weekend. Health Secretary Rachel Levine said that uptick may be linked to an increase in young adults going to bars and not social distancing.

🎒 When Philadelphia schools reopen, more than half of city teachers said in a new survey that students should only physically attend on staggered weeks.

👵🏼 Pennsylvania released more detailed guidance over the weekend about how nursing and personal care homes could again allow visitors.

😷 Face mask vending machines are being installed this week at Suburban Station, one of SEPTA’s busiest transit hubs.

🏠 Pennsylvanians who are struggling to pay their rent and mortgages can apply for $175 million in federal funds to stay in their homes. The state made applications available Monday.

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📈 The coronavirus has swept across the Philadelphia region and cases continue to mount. The Inquirer and Spotlight PA are compiling geographic data on tests conducted, cases confirmed, and deaths caused by the virus. Track the spread here.

New Jersey is postponing the start of indoor dining indefinitely, with Gov. Phil Murphy citing trends in other states as well as instances of “knucklehead behavior” at local outdoor restaurants. Indoor dining was scheduled to resume in the state on Thursday. Murphy also warned that N.J. was “losing ground” in terms of declining numbers of new cases and hospitalizations, citing data that shows the state has slipped in several metrics since mid-June.

Regional Rail began its glacial return to more frequent service Monday, my colleague Patricia Madej reports. Riders can expect hourly weekday service on most lines, while the Airport and Paoli/Thorndale Lines will run every half hour. But the timeline for its return to “normal” schedules hasn’t been set. Much will depend on businesses’ reopening plans and the suburban workers who discovered the practicalities of working from home. Read more here.

Helpful resources

Caterer Joe Volpe, whose company throws about 800 weddings a year at his six city venues, is shown here at Cescaphe on June 17.
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Caterer Joe Volpe, whose company throws about 800 weddings a year at his six city venues, is shown here at Cescaphe on June 17.

Wedding season has resumed after three months, with some couples sliding their dates into the summer and fall while many others put off the big day to 2021. Behind the scenes, a group of caterers, photographers, entertainment companies, and other vendors spent the quarantine creating safety plans to satisfy guidelines. My colleague Mike Klein spoke with the owners of three of the region’s largest catering companies about their new approach to wedding planning.

💵 A Philly judge has created a program to help small businesses reopen and negotiate their debt with creditors.

🥱 How Philly area therapists have adapted to working from home and processing their own feelings about the pandemic and civil unrest.

😃 My colleague Harold Brubaker followed two intellectually disabled twentysomethings as they ventured out for the first time since coronavirus shutdowns.

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