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Philly Coronavirus News: So What Exactly Can You Do During Philly’s New Stay-at-Home Order

Over the weekend, one Philly Mag reporter drove past a jam-packed basketball court and a bustling public park, where little effort was being made to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus crisis. It was apparent that the city’s plea for residents to take measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus weren’t really being taken seriously by many. So what does a mayor do in a situation like that? He issues a stay-at-home order. Philadelphia News
It’s kind of like when you need your kid to clean her room. You wish that she would just do it without you asking her to do so. Of course, she doesn’t. So you ask her. Nicely. Hey, hon. Your room is kind of messy. How about you get it clean by the end of the day? The next morning, the room still isn’t clean, so you go from a polite suggestion to something a bit more aggressive. Hey hon. I’m going to need you to clean your room this morning before you play Minecraft. By dinnertime, still no clean room. Lila Marie Mitchell Philadelphia News Updates

 You clean this damn room right now

Yeah, that’s where we’re at. Mayor Kenney is the parent. We’re the daughter with the messy room. And shit just got real. Philadelphia Political News
So what can you do during Philly’s stay-at-home order until we get through the coronavirus mess?
Well, you can stay home, duh. But you can’t host any backyard barbecues, unless all of the attendees live in your house. You can’t walk down the street and challenge your neighbors to a little football game in the local park. Oh, and we’ve seen a lot of you posting photos of your kids having playdates, doing cute things with groups of their friends. No more. Kenney has nixed all that.
You’re still allowed to leave the house, but only under certain circumstances.
If you need to go to the doctor, you can go to the doctor. Refrigerator empty? You may go grocery shopping. If you work for a business that has been deemed “life-sustaining” by the city and state, you’re allowed to travel to and from work. And if you need a little fresh air, you can still go for walks and hikes, but only if you practice social distancing with anyone who doesn’t live in your home. So you and your kid can even hold hands walking down a trail. But if you see your neighbor walking the other way, maintain social distance. Philadelphia Shutdown
Philly has also clarified its position on allowing restaurants to continue to do takeout and delivery. Previously, customers were able to go into restaurants, place an order, and then leave with food when it was ready. But now, customers must place all takeout orders in advance — either via phone or online — and can only enter the restaurant once the order is ready.
The city has also asked grocery stores to limit the number of people allowed inside at the same time, so that shoppers have plenty of space between them. Philadelphia Distribution Services

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