PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 100 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 35,440.
The Department of Public Health confirmed no additional fatalities in Philadelphia. The number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia remains at 1,771. Of the 1,771 total deaths, 877 (50 percent) were long-term care facility residents.
City Announces Sports Complex Street Closures to Enforce Prohibition on Tailgating: The City announced today a series of street closures throughout the sports complex area in advance of the Eagles home opener on Sunday, September 20. The street closures will be in place to enforce the city’s prohibition on tailgating in accordance with local health recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The area of 7th to Broad and Packer to I-95 will be blocked to vehicular traffic, specifically the following streets will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. on September 20 until 5 p.m.:
- S. 11th Street closed to traffic both ways (Pattison Ave. to Terminal Ave.)
- Pattison Ave. closed to traffic both ways (S. Broad Street to S. 7th Street)
- S. 10th Street closed to traffic southbound (Packer Avenue and Hartranft Street a.k.a. “Phillies Way”)
- S. Darien Street closed to traffic southbound (Packer Ave. to Pattison Ave.)
The street closures will be in effect for each Eagles home game until further notice.
“For the safety of our residents and due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings, tailgating will not be permitted until further notice,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “There are still many ways to enjoy the game safely, and we encourage fans to watch at home with family.”
The City is working with the Eagles, other sports teams, property owners, and the Sports Complex Special Services District to enforce the prohibition.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes and allow for extra driving time in areas near the sports complex. Those driving should also refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow, and is illegal.
Access for Employees or Xfinity Live! Patrons
Employees and staff who need to access the sports complex or people patronizing Xfinity Live! should be prepared to present their tickets/ID to Police to gain vehicular or pedestrian access during the street closures.
Prohibition on Tailgating in FDR Park
Tailgating is not permitted at FDR Park this year. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Philadelphia Police Department will increase patrols of the park on Eagles game days.
SEPTA will be running a normal Sunday schedule. All SEPTA passengers are required to wear a face mask or covering. Detours, alerts and general information can be found on SEPTA’s website.
Map of Road Closures
Rental Assistance: The City today announced a significant change to the amount of rental assistance funding that is available for Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Effective immediately, rent can be paid up to $1500. This increase will automatically apply to tenants who have already applied for Phase 2 funding, as well as all new applicants. More information at phlrentassist.org, applications will be accepted through September 30, 2020.
“Our goal throughout the pandemic has been – and continues to be – to keep people in their homes.” said Mayor Kenney. “Whether it’s through our rental assistance program, COVID emergency housing sites, or our eviction diversion program, maintaining housing for our most vulnerable residents is critical. This additional CARES Act funding for rental assistance allows us to serve landlords and families struggling to make ends meet. We encourage all eligible Philadelphians facing economic hardship during these challenging times to apply for rental assistance before the end of the month.”
Daily Trash and Recycling Update: Residents can check the daily trash and recycling update blog post to see the current status of trash and recycling collections.
- Trash: On schedule, residents should put out trash on their regular collection day.
- Recycling: On schedule, residents should put out recycling on their regular collection day.
Testing Site Map: A testing site finder at phila.gov/testing helps people find a free COVID-19 test in Philadelphia. Anyone can search for a site by address, click on a map location for specific site information, and filter by day of week and by drive-thru or walk-up.
- City’s COVID-19 homepage: phila.gov/covid-19.
- COVID-19 resources translated into multiple languages.
- Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline: 1 (800) 722-7112.
- Residents can text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to get updates sent to their phones.
- Find out more about testing for COVID-19.
- Businesses with questions about reopening using the Department of Public Health’s guidelines should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The PHL COVID-19 Fund continues to solicit donations to aid nonprofits that are on the frontline of the pandemic.
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