Starting Jan. 3, 2022, any establishment in Philadelphia that sells food and/or drink for consumption on-site may admit only those patrons who have completed their vaccine series against COVID-19.
For the first two weeks of this mandate, Jan. 3-17, establishments may choose to accept proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entry in lieu of proof of vaccination. After Jan. 17, negative COVID-19 tests can no longer be accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination. Staff as well as children aged five years and three months through 11 will be required to have had one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Jan. 3 and to complete their vaccine series by Feb. 3.
“We’ve come an incredibly long way, but there is still work to be done to get Philadelphia through the pandemic,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “New cases and hospitalizations are rising, and we must do more to protect our residents. The city’s indoor mask mandate helped us control case rates this fall, so we are rolling out a complementary vaccine mandate for food establishments, where masking is not feasible. If you have not yet completed your vaccination series, you can start this week and you’ll be covered by the time the new policy goes fully into effect. Best of all, you’ll be better protected against COVID-19 and helping our city get closer to the end of this pandemic. ”
“The most dangerous situation in the pandemic at this point is when someone is unmasked and around people from other households, eating or drinking indoors,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole. “Philadelphia’s indoor mask mandate and high vaccination rates have helped keep our case rates lower than most counties in Pennsylvania but our case rates have doubled in just the last 10 days, which means we need to do more — and quickly. We want our city’s businesses to stay open and operate safely, which means making sure that everyone who will be taking their mask off to eat or drink in public has been vaccinated.”
Certain people who cannot be vaccinated are exempted from this requirement:
Anyone who is exempted will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entry into an establishment that seats 1,000 or more people. This requirement does not apply to children under age 2, who cannot be tested easily for COVID-19.
This vaccine mandate applies to places such as:
This vaccine mandate does not apply in places such as:
Food establishments who are not in compliance with this vaccine mandate or the indoor mask mandate can be reported by calling 311.
Philadelphia, like the rest of the region, state and country, is seeing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as colder weather begins and holiday gatherings are held. The Health Department tracks these rising cases and hospitalizations on the Testing dashboard of the City’s COVID-19 website. The Health Department has published a blog post on the food establishment vaccine mandate here.
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