Under the new restrictions, masks will be required indoors at all Philadelphia businesses and institutions that do not require vaccination for all employees and customers. However, for businesses and institutions that do not require everyone to be vaccinated before entering, every person on-site will be required to wear a mask.
Indoor dining may continue, subject to the restrictions discussed above. If proof of vaccination is not required for everyone that enters a restaurant, masks must be worn by all patrons and staff at all times, except when seated and eating or drinking. Masks will also be required at all non-seated outdoor events in Philadelphia with more than 1,000 attendees.
Effective August 12, 2021, Philadelphia courts will require everyone to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
On August 11, 2021, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated as moot a case challenging Governor Tom Wolf’s 2020-era COVID-19 restrictions. In September 2020, a U.S. District Court ruled significant portions of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 restrictions unconstitutional. In May 2021, Pennsylvania voters approved measures to limit the Governor’s emergency powers.
On August 11, 2021, Philadelphia also announced that all city employees must be vaccinated by September 1, 2021, or wear two masks while on site. All new city employees must be vaccinated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Philadelphia is now considered to be an area of high community transmission.
The Coronavirus Task Force at Klehr Harrison stands ready to assist you in your business and legal needs. We will continue to provide additional information and guidance as the COVID-19 situation develops.
Author Patrick McKnight is an associate in the litigation department at Klehr Harrison.