Masks are not required everywhere, as Friday, Philadelphia and Delaware facilitate or remove COVID-19 restrictions or remove in the case of the first state.
With the daily drop in coronavirus cases and the vaccination of more people against COVID-19, Delaware is eliminating its mask mandate for fully vaccinated people in most scenarios. Companies, starting Friday, can open at full capacity.
Philadelphia launches outdoor masks (unvaccinated people are urged to stay with masks in crowded situations), but keeping masking mandates indoors, as the city eases restrictions on shops, museums, libraries, offices, theaters, casinos, gyms, outdoor weddings and more.
Here are the new rules for individuals and businesses starting Friday, May 21st.
There are more people allowed indoors in Philadelphia, the masks go away outdoors
- There will be no density limits for retail stores, offices, museums, bowling alleys and libraries. Masks should still be worn unless someone is alone in an office.
- Theaters and other meetings with fixed seats both indoors and outdoors (including stadiums) will have a maximum capacity of 50% with a minimum of 3 feet of space instead of 6 feet. You need to wear masks. This is perfect for the start of the Sixers playoffs.
- Outdoor spaces without seats can hold 33 people per 1,000 square feet and should be followed by 3 feet away.
- There is no maximum number of people for outdoor care events, but events are limited to 50%.
- Gyms and indoor pools can run at a capacity of 75% or 15 people per 1,000 square meters. Exercise classes have a maximum limit of 25 people.
- Outdoor pools have no limits.
- Indoor dining capacity in Philadelphia restaurants remains at the current level of 50% for all restaurants and 75% for those companies that meet “improved ventilation standards.” Seat backrests, however, can be less than 3 feet away to allow for more customers.
- Alcohol can be bought and consumed without food.
- Casinos face the same 50% and 75% limits as restaurants do. Groups must be 3 feet apart and alcohol may be served on gaming machines.
- Home care events, which the city has dubbed the “most risky,” will not change 25% of occupancy with a limit of 150 people, including staff, if there is dancing and alcohol is served. Up to 250 people will be allowed as long as there is no music, dancing or alcohol.
- The outdoor masking has been gone since Friday, but the mandate will remain indoors until June 11th.
Philadelphia will lift all COVID “Safer at Home” capacity restrictions on June 11 if coronavirus and other metric cases continue to decline.
Delaware Pit Capacity restrictions, masked suit for vaccinated people
- As of 8 a.m. Friday, all social distancing requirements in Delaware are removed, according to the state.
Delaware Gov. John Carney said Delaware is in line with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national guidelines on masks for fully vaccinated people.
- Anyone completely vaccinated can drop the mask inside and out, with exceptions.
- Masks must still be worn in these circumstances: gathering environments, health facilities, airplanes, public transportation, schools, and public buildings.
Here’s the deal: if you’re not vaccinated, you should wear a mask.
This will protect the immunocompromised and prevent further infections. If you are completely vaccinated, you have significant protection against this virus and will be able to start recovering the things you like best. pic.twitter.com/qmQqieiUeT
– Governor John Carney (@JohnCarneyDE) May 18, 2021
- People who do not spend two weeks on a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the Johnson & Johnson single vaccine and children older than 2 years who are not eligible for vaccines should still wear masks in public settings.
“For our neighbors who are not vaccinated, the message is clear. The COVID-19 vaccine is the best protection we have against the virus. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and those you love,” Carney said in a news release.
Companies can still impose their own masking rules.