By Alice Williams
Philly restaurants will soon be allowed to serve diners indoors at a limited capacity.
The new rules would go into effect Sept. 8, and shift Philly into a less restrictive “green phase” of reopening.
That phase will allow limited dine-in options at restaurants, but bars will not be allowed to reopen during this phase; service at bars within restaurants is also prohibited.
The reopening comes alongside a host of restrictions:
Restaurants can only operate at 25 percent capacity.
They must provide masks for employees and face shields for servers, and require both employees and patrons wear masks at all times, exempting when customers are eating or when employees are eating on breaks.
Seating must be spaced at least six feet apart, and no more than four diners can sit at a table indoors.
There are further requirements including physical barriers, employee screening for symptoms, and additional rules around cleaning, hand-washing procedures, and ventilation.
The city started allowing outdoor dining again in mid-June.