COVID-19 information: Philadelphia is in a modified, restricted green phase of reopening. For the latest information, visit Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.

Reopening guidance

Reopening guidance


The below safety guidelines from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health will help keep people safe as businesses, services, and activities restart in Philadelphia. Each safety checklist includes precautions that will prevent the spread of COVID-19; some are recommendations, and some are requirements

If you have questions about how these guidelines affect your business, please email Employees or customers can report possible health and safety violations by calling 311.

Here’s an overview of Philadelphia’s phases, along with activities that can reopen in each. Scroll down for the related guidelines.

Restart date Examples of activities permitted in Philadelphia
Essential businesses and services allowed throughout stay-at-home order; non-emergency construction gradually restarted.
  • Health care
  • Pharmacies
  • Groceries
  • Restaurants (carryout and delivery only)
  • Construction and repair
  • Transportation
June 5
  • Restaurants (food trucks and walk-up ordering)
  • Retail businesses (with restrictions; curbside and delivery strongly encouraged)
  • Childcare centers
  • Outdoor youth day camps and recreation
  • Outdoor parks-related amenities
  • Office-based businesses (telework whenever feasible)
  • Consumer banking
  • Automobile sales
  • Real estate activities
  • Manufacturing
  • Warehouse operations
June 26
  • Residential swimming pools and private swim clubs
  • Zoos (outside only)
  • Personal services such as salons, barbers, and spas
  • Small indoor social and religious gatherings (up to 25 people)
Early July for initial green phase activities. List of activities is subject to change. Initial green phase activities:

  • Casinos
  • Indoor shopping malls
  • Museums and libraries
  • Outdoor group recreational and sports activities for youth and adults
  • Outdoor performances and small outdoor events (up to 50 people)
  • Schools and colleges
To be determined based on the risk of each activity and the state of the virus in Philadelphia.
  • Gyms and indoor exercise classes
  • In-person conventions/conferences
  • Large indoor social and religious gatherings (more than 25 people)
  • Large outdoor events (more than 50 people)
  • Senior services involving gatherings (such as adult daycares)
  • Theaters and indoor events
  • Restaurants with indoor seating (with occupancy restrictions)



Health Care


Entertainment/Travel and Restaurants


Community/Family Gatherings

Physical Activity