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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The City of Philadelphia said Tuesday gatherings of 50 or more people on public property will not be allowed through February 28, 2021.

The city may extend the deadline based on feedback from public health experts, according to a city news release.

The City’s Office of Special Events will not accept, review, process, or approve applications, issue permits, or enter into agreements for special events or public gatherings of 50 or more people on public property, according to the city. Any pending applications will not be further reviewed, processed or approved.

The moratorium will apply to special events and public gatherings including, but not limited to:

  • Festivals
  • Parades
  • Concerts
  • Carnivals
  • Fairs
  • Flea markets

Permit applications for residential block party permits will not be accepted until further notice. Any pending applications will not be further reviewed, processed or approved.

The moratorium does not apply to:

  • Demonstrations and First Amendment-protected activities.
  • Outdoor gatherings that are not publicly advertised—such as family picnics and outdoor weddings—with less than 50 pre-registered guests.
  • Organized, outdoor group recreational and sports activities for youth and adults with less than 25 participants.
  • Events and gatherings taking place on private property, including performance venues and stadiums.
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