The city of brotherly love is cracking down on freedom because of the resurgence of the Coronavirus and have now banned all indoor gatherings in public and private spaces, effective this Friday:
In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, the City and Department of Public Health have announced changes to restrictions on businesses, events and gatherings, and other activities to help flatten the epidemic curve, prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, and reduce the number of COVID-19 deaths.
The new “Safer at Home” restrictions are effective November 20, 2020 through January 1, 2021. An extension of these restrictions and/or the implementation of additional restrictions is possible depending on trends in the spread of coronavirus in the city.
All indoor gatherings and events involving people from more than one household are prohibited, in public or private spaces. This includes private events such as weddings and showers, listed as “celebrations” in previous guidance, as well as funerals.
In other words you can’t have friends or neighbors over at your home for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Just how exactly do they expect to enforce this?
They are also putting crackdowns on churches, saying they can only have 5 people per 1,000 square feet:
Religious institutions are permitted to have people indoors, but density must be capped at 5 people per 1,000 sq. ft. or 5 percent of maximum occupancy.
So if you have a good-sized church of say 10k square feet, you can only have 50 people in attendance. That ain’t much, especially throughout the holiday season.