Masks no longer required outdoors in Philadelphia, other mandates eased; Phillies clarify policy

Phillies fans arrive for opening day at Citizens Bank Park on April 1, 2021. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Phillies fans arrive for opening day at Citizens Bank Park on April 1, 2021. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The Phillies game on Friday night will mark the first sporting event in the city where masks will no longer be required outdoors as Philadelphia lifts the mandate ahead of fully reopening on June 11.

Starting Friday, face coverings will no longer be required outdoors in the city, but everyone is still required to wear a mask indoors regardless of your vaccination status.

Despite the outdoor mask mandate being lifted, health officials are urging those who are unvaccinated to continue wearing a mask while outside.

The Phillies issued a statement Friday morning, clarifying its policy for fans attending games at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies say while masks are not needed outside, masks are still required for when fans are in the indoor sections of the ballpark, such as the team store and restrooms.

“Beginning today, fans will no longer be required to wear masks while in the seating bowl and outdoor areas at Citizens Bank park. All fans must wear masks in indoor spaces including the Diamond Club, retails stores, elevators and restrooms. Fans who are unvaccinated are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks at all times. This is consistent with recent guidelines established by the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” the Phillies’ statement read.

The Phillies will increase crowd size from 11,000 to 16,000 beginning Friday night for the start of the three-game series against Boston Red Sox.

Capacity at Citizens Bank Park will be increased to 100% on June 12, a day after the city lifts most mandates to fully reopen.

A limited number of seating pods will be available for fans who prefer to remain in a socially-distanced environment.

Tailgating will also be allowed in lots surrounding the ballpark of the June 12 game against the New York Yankees.

Here are all the changes in Philadelphia as of Friday, May 21:

Face Masks:

– Philadelphia will lift its outdoor mask mandate.

Restaurants:
-Still 50% maximum capacity, or 75% maximum capacity if they can meet enhanced ventilation standards.

-Distance between chair backs will be reduced from six feet to three feet.

-The requirement for alcohol to be served with food will end.

-Mask requirements remain in effect for those not seated or eating.

Offices:
-Will be allowed to operate with no density limits, but mask requirements are still in effect.

Retail stores, bowling alleys, museums, libraries, etc.:
-Will be allowed to operate with no density limits, but mask requirements are still in effect.

Gyms and indoor pools:
-Will be allowed to operate at 75% of occupancy limit or 15 people per 1,000 square feet.

Exercise classes:
-Exercise class size will be capped at 25 persons.

Indoor gatherings and theaters:
-Will be allowed to operate at 50% of occupancy limit.
-Must enforce a minimum of three feet of distance between persons of different groups.

Outdoor gatherings and theaters:
-If the site has fixed seating, will be allowed to operate at 50% of occupancy limit.
-If the site has no seating, a maximum of 33 persons per 1,000 square feet are allowed.

-Must enforce a minimum of three feet of distance between persons of different groups.

Indoor catered events:
-Will be allowed to operate at 25% of occupancy limit.
-Food must be served at the table only.
-A maximum of 250 persons, including staff, will be allowed if there will be no music, dancing, or alcohol.
-A maximum of 150 persons, including staff, will be allowed if there will be music, dancing, or alcohol.

Outdoor catered events:
-Can operate at 50% of occupancy limit, with no cap on number of persons attending.

Outdoor pools:
-Can operate with no density limits or maximum capacity.

Casinos:
-Can operate 50% maximum capacity, or 75% maximum capacity if they can meet enhanced ventilation standards.
-Must enforce a minimum of three feet of distance between persons of different groups.
-Alcohol can be sold to patrons at gaming machines.

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