Philadelphia will shutter indoor dining, gyms and museums to help tackle a rise in COVID-19 cases, the mayor announced Monday.
Mayor Jim Kenney said the new restrictions will go into effect Friday and last through the holiday season until Jan. 1, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
“There’s no doubt these changes are necessary,” Kenney said during Monday afternoon’s press conference.
Under the sweeping new guidelines, Philly residents will also be forbidden from holding public and private indoor gatherings, making it a violation for them to hold holiday get-togethers with anyone outside their own household, the newspaper reported.
While indoor dining is banned, restaurants will be able to host guests outside at a table with a maximum of four people — as long as diners are from the same household.
The city is also banning fans at all sporting events, including Philadelphia Eagles games, the newspaper reported.
High schools and colleges will be required to make their classes virtual, though daycares,