The gist: Are you planning to head down the Shore this summer? Things are looking “normal,’”with outdoor festivals back on the calendar and rentals booked up, but vacationers may need to BYO boogie board. Read more here. There are stockpiles of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that will expire if left unused, including more than 50,000 doses in Montgomery, Chester, and Bucks Counties. Though the vaccine is safe, there is a lack of public trust after last month’s pause on its use.
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⚾ Phillies fans can see a game at Citizens Bank Park without masks, the team announced Friday as the city lifted lifted its outdoor mask mandate.
😷 Philadelphia still requires masks indoors, regardless of vaccine status, and unvaccinated people are encouraged to wear them outdoors. That differs from Pennsylvania, which adopted the CDC’s new mask guidance and is allowing fully vaccinated people to go maskless indoors.
💰 Philly strip clubs are taking the Small Business Administration to court over regulations barring them from granting financial assistance to “sexually prurient” businesses.
🍽️ Philadelphia restaurants and hotels, desperate for workers, are getting together for a job fair.
⚕️ CVS Pharmacy locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey now offer mental health screenings.
🦠 Anthony Fauci said the public is “misinterpreting” the CDC’s guidance on masks, which is meant to assure vaccinated people they can feel safe.
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Memorial Day is around the corner and the Shore is ready to get back to a “normal” summer after last year’s pandemic shutdowns and restrictions. The westbound Atlantic City Expressway was already backed up with Pennsylvania plates on a Sunday afternoon, rentals are booked solid, and July 4 fireworks and outdoor music festivals are back on the calendar. But supply delays and staffing shortages also mean it’s BYO boogie board. Read more here.
There are more than 50,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Montgomery, Chester, and Bucks Counties that will go bad in five weeks if left unused, showing the lack of public trust in the shot after last month’s pause on its use. Some people have shown up to J&J clinics in Montgomery County only to leave when they find out which vaccine is being offered, my colleagues reported. “There is no question that after the pause, J and J is in less demand,” Bucks County Health Director David Damsker said in an email. Read more here.
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What we’re paying attention to
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