We’ve gathered the most helpful and relevant information to help you navigate through the coronavirus pandemic.
This page contains resources from expert sources about public health guidelines, the latest vaccine information and ways to curb the spread of COVID-19. This resource list is updated weekly to ensure the newest information is here to help guide you through the pandemic.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Is Open!
Due to low numbers of new COVID-19 cases, Philadelphia has lifted all safer-at-home restrictions.
Restaurants, office buildings, museums, stores, stadiums and other venues may operate at full capacity, without curfews and social distancing requirements.Learn More
How does COVID spread?
While the full extent of COVID spread remains unknown, the virus largely spreads from person to person when people are less than six feet apart. Infection happens when respiratory droplets travel through the airstream from an infected person to a non-infected person. Sneezing, coughing, singing, breathing and talking all result in the production of respiratory droplets. The ease at which COVID spreads from person to person underscores the importance of mask-wearing when you are near someone outside of your household. Masks stop respiratory droplets from reaching those around you.
While less common, the droplets can remain in the air for minutes or hours after the infected person initially spoke, sneezed, coughed or breathed and can travel beyond the six-foot space — this is known an airborne transmission and happens most commonly when there is poor ventilation in an indoor space.
Even less common is surface transmission. Overall, this virus does (thankfully) not live on surfaces. If you touch a contaminated surface and immediately touch your eye or mouth, there is a chance that you will get infected, but the risk is low. The small potential for surface spread underscores the importance of using hand sanitizer and washing your hands.
Mask Guidelines in Philadelphia
The city lifted its mask mandate on Friday, June 11. You are no longer required to wear a mask indoors, except in select higher-risk settings, including:
- Healthcare institutions including temporary community healthcare events such as vaccine clinics and blood drives
- Congregate facilities such as prisons, shelters, and adult day programs
- Public transportation including planes, trains, buses, taxis, and rideshare vehicles
- Indoor schools, camps and early childhood education
City health officials encourage unvaccinated people to continue to wear masks indoors.