Walk-up orders now allowed at restaurants, food trucks as Philly prepares for gradual reopening

Pat Loeb
May 26, 2020 - 3:58 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — You can now order in-person at Philadelphia restaurants, Mayor Jim Kenney announced Tuesday, but you still can’t dine inside.

The move is part of a small easing of the stay-at-home order, as the city moves toward the “yellow” phase of the governor’s phased-in reopening plan, which is likely to take effect on June 5

Effective immediately, restaurants and food trucks are allowed to serve walk-up orders, with social distancing and other restrictions in mind.

“Face coverings are required at all times,” Kenney said. “Restaurants cannot allow lines of more than 10 to form in or around facilities.”

Dine-in service remains taboo. 

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The order also allows more construction projects to resume, by including those permitted after March 20. Some real estate operations are also allowed to return.

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley said these steps are possible because of the progress the city is making against the virus. 

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced 97 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the citywide total to 21,738, though that total may be artificially low due to the holiday weekend.

“That's the first time we've been in double-digits in weeks,” Farley said. “It wasn't long ago we were at more than 500 cases a day, so that's a big decline from where we were.”

Still, the mayor warned that large gatherings of people who forgo masks and social distancing could set the city back.

“We could end up back in the ‘red’ again, which no one wants to see,” he said.

The city plans to issue guidance later this week on what exactly the “yellow” phase will include.

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For more information regarding COVID-19, visit phila.gov/covid-19 or call the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 1-800-722-7112.