TL;DR: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf lifted restrictions for professional, college, high school, and youth sports, as long as they follow health guidelines such as wearing masks and social distancing. MaGerk’s in Fort Washington, which used to be able to seat 98 people outside, reopened its deck last Friday. When implementing the mandated six-foot spacing, it could only seat 36 people. Read more about how local restaurants are trying to balance reopening with safety.
🎶 The Roots Picnic is called off, along with the Mann Center’s entire 2020 pop concert schedule.
📚 The reopening of Pennsylvania state universities will vary by campus.
🔴 The Pennsylvania legislature approved a resolution ending Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus emergency declaration. What happens now?
😷 COVID-19 has exposed mental health needs within Philadelphia’s Latino communities.
🎰 Some Pennsylvania casinos are open, but they look different. There is no valet parking or buffets, everyone has to wear a face mask, and there is no poker.
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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.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf lifted restrictions for professional, college, high school, and youth sports, as long as they follow health guidelines such as wearing masks and social distancing. Athletes should be screened for symptoms and “avoid unnecessary physical contact," Wolf said. Outdoor facilities for mountain biking, miniature golf, motorsports, go karting, rock climbing, disc golf, paintball, horse riding, tennis, archery or shooting, among others, are also allowed to reopen. Read more here about what sports may look like with these new guidelines.
MaGerk’s in Fort Washington, which used to seat 98 people outside, reopened its deck last Friday. When implementing the mandated six-foot spacing, it could only seat 36 people. With Philadelphia joining the yellow phase, Morgan’s Pier at Penn’s Landing will cap its seating at 250, half of its usual. In West Chester, the popular Gay Street will close to cars and allow outside dining. Read more about how local restaurants are trying to balance reopening with safety.
“The desire to support more black-owned restaurants now in the wake of protests over the killing of George Floyd (not to mention a pandemic disproportionately affecting African Americans) is timely, productive, and hopefully lasting,” the Inquirer’s Craig LaBan writes. He describes a dozen of his personal favorites. Check them out here.
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