BREAKING: Outdoor Dining Will Be Allowed in Pennsylvania on June 5
Restaurants throughout Philadelphia and all of Pennsylvania will be allowed to serve patrons outside starting on Friday, June 5. That is the day when all of Pennsylvania's counties are expected to enter the "yellow" phase of the state's reopening process.
Restrictions will be in place, but the news will be welcome to all in the area. Here's what the state said just moments ago.
"Restaurants and retail food service businesses located in counties designated as being in the yellow phase are permitted (to) add dine-in service in outdoor seating areas so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, including maximum occupancy limits," they say.
Indoor areas (including bar areas) of the restaurants and businesses must remain closed to all customers (except for through-traffic).
"Non-bar seating in outdoor areas (i.e., tables or counter seats that do not line up to a bar or food service area) may be used for customer seating," according to the state's order.
Customers being served MUST be seated at a table to be served outdoors, the state says.
Philadelphia officials have not commented on Governor Wolf's announcement just yet.
The counties that move to the green phase of the state's reopening plans will be able to offer limited indoor dining at that time as well. Those counties are primarily in the northern and western parts of the state.
This is a developing story. We'll have more details when they're made available.