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.

Note: The Health Department does not recommend that employers ask employees who are not showing symptoms to be tested for COVID-19. For more information, see our multilingual COVID-19 testing guidance for Philadelphia employers.

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)
Initial green phase activities began reopening July 3.

More will gradually be added to the reopen list based on risk and state of the virus. Currently allowed activities include everything here and above.

  • Casinos
  • Indoor shopping malls
  • Museums and libraries
  • Low-risk, no-contact sports (all ages, but does not apply to collegiate or professional sports)
  • Outdoor performances and outdoor events (up to 50 people)
  • Schools and colleges
  • Gyms and indoor exercise classes
  • Theaters and indoor events (with restrictions)
  • Restaurants with indoor seating (with restrictions)
To be determined based on the risk of each activity and the state of the virus in Philadelphia.
  • In-person conventions/conferences
  • Large indoor social and religious gatherings (more than 25 people)
  • Large outdoor events (more than 50 people)
  • High-risk contact sports (all ages, but does not apply to collegiate or professional sports)
  • Senior services involving gatherings (such as adult daycares)



Health Care


Entertainment/Travel and Restaurants


Community/Family Gatherings

Physical Activity



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Reuniones comunitarias y familiares

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