As of January 16th, restaurants in Philadelphia are allowed to reopen for indoor dining. Feel free to watch the entire press conference from Mayor Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley here.
But we know watching an hour-long YouTube video from city government officials might be the equivalent of watching paint dry. So we’re going to unpack the most important info below to help you better understand what eating at a restaurant looks like right now.
Do I have to wear a mask?
Yes. All customers have to wear a mask at all times, besides when you’re eating and drinking.
Does the restaurant staff have to wear masks?
Yes. Every single restaurant employee is required to wear a mask and face shield, so just assume everyone is smiling politely at you for being such an understanding, patient customer.
What’s the capacity/seating situation like?
As of right now, restaurants can operate at 25% capacity. That includes a maximum table size of four people - all of which have to be from the same household.
Do I have to make a reservation?
We’d recommend it as restaurants aren’t currently allowed to have areas for people to wait in line, but not every place will be taking reservations either.
Can I still eat outdoors?
I don’t think I’m ready to eat out yet, but I still want to support restaurants. How can I do that?
We definitely understand - restaurants will still continue to offer delivery and takeout at this time. We’ve already published a bunch of takeout-specific guides, along with other dish and cuisine-specific guides like where to find the best wings, ramen, and donuts in the city.
I have a different question.
Feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com, but the best and easiest way to get clear, fast answers about a restaurant is to just call that restaurant directly. They’ll be happy to chat. Just be patient, understanding, and kind. These are weird times, and we’re all trying to adjust safely.