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Indoor Dining, Gyms In Philadelphia To Remain Closed Until At Least August

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Indoor Dining, Gyms In Philadelphia To Remain Closed Until At Least August
Stephanie Stahl reports.
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CENTER IN PHILADELPHIA, THISIS CBS3 "EYEWITNESS NEWS" AT6:00.NOT SO FAST.PHILADELPHIA WAS SUPPOSED TOENTER THE FINAL STAGE OF GOINGGREEN ON FRIDAY BUT INSTEAD,SOME POPULAR PAST TIMES WILLSTILL BE OFF LIMITS ASCORONAVIRUS CASES CONTINUE TORISE.THIS IS "EYEWITNESS NEWS"AT 6:00 AND WE ARE STREAMINGLIVE ON CBSN PHILLY.GOOD EVENING, I'M UKEEWASHINGTON.JESS IS OFF THIS EVENING.THE ROAD TO RECOVERY INPHILADELPHIA WILL BRING AMIXED BAG OF REOPENINGS ANDCONTINUED RESTRICTIONS THISFRIDAY BECAUSE CASES OFCOVID-19 HAVE STARTED TOINCREASE IN THE CITY.HEALTH REPORTER STEPHANIESTAHL IS HERE TO BREAK IT ALLDOWN ON WHAT WILL AND WILL NOTHAPPEN ON FRIDAY.STEPH.Reporter: WELL, UKEE, THEPHILADELPHIA HEALTHCOMMISSIONER IS TARGETING TWOACTIVITIES THAT INCREASE THERISK FOR SPREADING COVID-19.EATING IN A RESTAURANT OR ABAR AND WORKING OUT IN A GYM.THEY WON'T BE ALLOWED FORANOTHER MONTH.BUT RESTRICTIONS WILL BELIFTED FRIDAY ON A VARIETY OFOTHER LOCATIONS.PHILADELPHIA'S MODIFIEDREOPENING ON JULY 3RD WILL NOTINCLUDE INDOOR DINING OR GYMS.IT WAS A DIFFICULTDECISION.WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARERESTAURANTS OUT THERE ANDBUSINESS OWNERS THAT NEED TOMAKE A LIVING AND EMPLOYEESTHAT THEY WANT TO EMPLOY.WE WANT TO GET THE ECONOMYGOING AS WELL.AT THE SAME TIME WE ARE VERYCONCERNED ABOUT THE EPIDEMIC.Reporter: THE HEALTHCOMMISSIONER OF PHILADELPHIASAYS SOME RESTRICTIONS AREBEING KEPT IN PLACE BECAUSECASES OF COVID-19 HAVEINCREASED MAINLY AMONG YOUNGPEOPLE.SOCIAL EVENTS AND TO TRAVELAND PARTICULARLY TRAVEL TO THEJERSEY SHORE.Reporter: DR. FARLEY SAYSSOME LOW RISK ACTIVITIES WILLBE ALLOWED TO RESUME ON FRIDAYJULY 3RD WITH MASKS BEINGREQUIRED.THAT INCLUDES MUSEUMS,LIBRARIES, INDOOR SHOPPING ANDCASINOS.THIS ADDS TO ACTIVITIESALREADY OPENED INPHILADELPHIA, OUTDOOR DINING,SWIM CLUBS, SALONS AND SPAS.THE DECISION TO KEEP INDOORDINING CLOSED IMPACTS 4200RESTAURANTS IN THE CITY.I DON'T THINK ANYONE ISUPSET OR ANGRY ABOUT IT.DISA POINTED BUT UNDERSTANDINGTHAT THIS IS A PUBLIC HEALTHEMERGENCY.THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY INPHILADELPHIA IS A VERYIMPORTANT PART OF PHILADELPHIAAND THERE'S A REAL SERIOUSRISK FOR THE FINANCIAL HEALTHOF THOSE RESTAURANTS ANDWORKERS.Reporter: THE OWNER OFHARPER'S GARDEN WAS LOOKINGFOR CAPACITY.THAT MIGHT CATALYZE ANOTHERSURGE IN CASES.Reporter: INDOOR DININGWILL BE RESTRICTED UNTILAUGUST 1ST ALONG WITH GYMS ANDFITNESS CENTERS.THIS IS BECAUSE THERE'SEVIDENCE THAT PHYSICALACTIVITIES THAT CAUSE YOU TOBREATHE FAST PUTS PEOPLENEARBY AT RISK.Reporter: NOW, DR. FARLEYSAYS FOR THE ACTIVITIES THATARE BEING ALLOWED TO REOPEN ONFRIDAY, SAFETY PRECAUTIONSWILL BE REQUIRED.THAT INCLUDES MASKS, SOCIALDISTANCING, LIMITING PEOPLEAND PLASTIC BARRIERS.HE'S HOPING THAT WILL PREVENTAN INCREASE IN CASES IF ASPIKE HAPPENS, THEY SAY THEY





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