When summer arrives, people usually turn to thoughts of vacation, spending time outside, and making the most of the warm months. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly impeded many plans and expectations for the summer season. However, there are ways to make the most of the summer and still stay safe in Philadelphia. Let’s take a look at some safety precautions that you can take, that Philadelphia businesses are taking, and how you can have fun in Philadelphia during the summer of 2020.
COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
Before going out this summer, it’s important to know how you can protect yourself during this pandemic. Here are the CDC Safety Guidelines on how to protect yourself:
- Wash Your Hands Often. We pick up germs when we touch surfaces. When we eat food or touch our faces, the germs can spread. Washing your hands when you get home from being out or before you touch your face or food can help prevent the germs from spreading.
- Avoid Close Contact. You have likely heard the term “social distancing.” It’s important to maintain physical distance while you’re out. Stay at least six feet apart from others.
- Use a Mask to Cover Nose and Mouth. When you go out, be sure to wear a mask. This will protect others from your germs. If everyone wears a mask, it greatly reduces the chances of germs spreading. Some people who have health conditions may not be able to wear a mask. When you take the measure to wear a mask, you’re showing responsibility and courtesy to your fellow peers.
- Cover Coughs and Sneezes. If you’re not wearing a face covering, make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes. Use the inside of your elbow or sneeze into a tissue. Then, immediately throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
- Clean and Disinfect. It’s important to regularly wipe down commonly touched surfaces. Countertops, doorknobs, tables, light switches, phones, and anything you touch multiple times a day. When cleaning, first use soap and water, and then use a household disinfectant.
- Monitor Your Health. Watch out for symptoms like shortness of breath, cough, and a fever.
Now that you’re aware of the guidelines to staying safe, let’s look into how travel in Philadelphia is adapting to the pandemic.
How to Travel Safely in Philadelphia
There are many public transportation options in Philadelphia. While being in public spaces during a pandemic can be worrisome, the transportation companies are using methods to increase the safety for passengers.
Traveling in Philadelphia
- Amtrak. For those who use Amtrak, it’s important to know the company has several ways to help limit contact and prevent the spread of germs. They are limiting ticket sales, which will allow passengers to distance themselves. If you are planning on using the train, you may want to secure your tickets a bit earlier than usual, as there aren’t as many available. Those who board will need to wear a mask. The trains are getting cleaned more frequently and all financial transactions are cashless. Make sure to have your phone charged and ready.
- Megabus. Similar to Amtrak, Megabus will also have reduced capacity, increased cleaning, contactless ticketing, and employees and passengers will need to wear a mask.
- SEPTA. Using the bus system will certainly be a relief for many Philadelphia citizens, as the bus is an easy and accessible way to navigate the city. These vehicles are getting wiped down twice a day and also have passenger limits.
Traveling To or From Philadelphia
- The Philadelphia International Airport. Those who are flying will be glad to know that the Philadelphia International Airport is doing its part to help increase the safety of fliers. Motion-sensors for toilets, soap, faucets, and paper towels allow people to not come in contact with commonly touched surfaces. There are also apps that allow people to order food so they don’t have to wait in lines and can pay on the app.
While each main form of travel has its own safety procedures, they do revolve around the same basics: wearing masks, reduced passengers, and contactless payment. When you’re using these forms of travel, make sure to have your mask and your phone ready to go so you’re prepared.
Planning on visiting Philadelphia this summer? Hotels are taking measures to make sure their guests are in a clean environment and have minimal contact with others to reduce spreading germs. These methods range from thoroughly disinfecting rooms between stays, encouraging physical distancing, using masks, and contactless ways of getting into rooms. As always, keep the CDC guidelines in mind when traveling. Frequently washing your hands and wearing your mask will help you protect yourself and others.
With travel and lodging taken care of, you’re probably wondering how you can enjoy the city this summer. Let’s start with where you can get a delicious meal in Philadelphia.
Where to Get a Good Bite to Eat This Summer in Philadelphia
Philadelphia has a wide selection of unique restaurants that serve delicious food. While every restaurant is taking safety measures to protect their employees and customers, it may be a bit different for each one. For example, some restaurants may be doing dine-in, but with a limited capacity and a time limit. Others may be encouraging takeout and delivery, so if you’re more comfortable picking up food and taking to your own backyard for al fresco dining, the option is still certainly available.
We’ve compiled some fantastic places in Philadelphia to get a meal. Make sure to note how the restaurant is operating so you know how to proceed when going to the restaurant or ordering food.
- High Street on Market. This restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and best of all, their famous fresh-baked bread. They also offer Weekend Grill Boxes, which include cooking instructions if you want to cook yourself. However, they also offer a fully prepared box if all you want to do is pick it up. Currently, High Street on Market is offering pickup or delivery. They’re open Monday-Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Little Nonna’s. Another restaurant offering takeout and delivery, Little Nonna’s has delicious Italian food. Peruse their lunch and dinner menus for a taste of Italy, and don’t forget to order dessert. Their hours are Monday-Saturday from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. for lunch, and dinner hours are Sunday-Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Suraya. Open for takeout, delivery, and taking reservations for their outdoor garden, Suraya offers Levant-inspired dishes. Their reservations are available to book 30 days in advance. Depending on your party size, there is a time limit. Be sure to check out their outdoor dining rules here.
- Yards Brewing Company. Nothing pairs better with summer than a refreshing beverage. Yards Brewing Company has pickup and delivery available, and their taproom is open with outdoor seating. They’re taking care to follow CDC guidelines and keep everyone as safe as possible. There aren’t any reservations, seating is first-come, first-served. Be sure to give them a visit.
- Morgan’s Pier. Many associate the summer with water, so why not dine with a view? Morgan’s Pier offers delicious American cuisine and seafood next to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Delaware River. They are operating on a reservation-only basis and also have a time limit depending on party size. Also note that guests need to be 21+ with a proper ID, or need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Frankford Hall. Looking for a German beer garden? Frankford Hall has you covered. They’re open for outdoor dining, pickup, and delivery. The outdoor area has large picnic tables and umbrellas to protect from sun and rain. Enjoy beer, Bavarian pretzels, sausages, and more. See their hours here.
- Parc. Get a taste of France at Parc. Their fresh French-inspired cuisine is always a good choice. They offer lunch, dinner, and brunch and are open for takeout, delivery, and dining in.
- Moshulu. Offering upscale seafood, steak, and much more, this unique restaurant is on a historic ship. Moshulu is available for dining in, curbside pickup, and delivery.
- Hungry Pigeon. Located in Queen Village, Hungry Pigeon has delicious breakfast, lunch, and bakery menus that will have something for everyone. You can dine-in, order takeout, or get it delivered.
- Butcher Bar Philly. This restaurant is for meat lovers. Choose from a variety of tasty starters, sandwiches, and entrees. Butcher Bar Philly is currently open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.
You’re never going to wonder where you’re going to get a great meal in Philadelphia. The only tricky part is choosing which restaurant. Now that you know some places to eat, let’s look into how you can have fun in Philadelphia this summer.
Summer Events and Activities You Can Attend
There are a number of places to visit and also virtual entertainment you can take advantage of this summer. Check out the following events:
- The Food Trust’s Farmers Markets. There are so many Farmers Markets open throughout the week. Check out the Farmers Market schedule so you can see which ones are open. When visiting these markets, keep in mind that visitors should wear masks. Some markets may offer special hours for those who are immunocompromised, like the Clark Park Saturday Farmers Market, which is located at 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue. While usually open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the market opens at 9:30 a.m. for seniors and immunocompromised shoppers. The Headhouse Farmers Market, located on 2nd and Lombard Street is open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and also opens early at 9:30 a.m. for seniors and immunocompromised shoppers.
- Wilma Theater. While not open, the Wilma Theater is still offering entertainment. You can view Wilma Theater productions online. Check out their production Code Blue.
- theatre exile. This is another theater that has been offering virtual productions. See what’s next for theatre exile here.
- Palo Santo Wellness Boutique. Maintaining health can be difficult when getting to the gym or other exercise classes isn’t as easy. Palo Santo Wellness Boutique offers an extensive yoga schedule that has online classes so you can stay fit this summer.
- Hiking. Going hiking is one of the best ways to enjoy summer. You get to see the gorgeous natural beauty of Philadelphia and get exercise. There are so many hiking trails to check out. Wissahickon Valley Park is a great place for a hike. See here for their COVID-19 updates. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is another beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors. They ask that you follow CDC guidelines, such as covering your mouth when you sneeze, physically distancing, and staying home if you do not feel well.
With these forms of entertainment, you’ll be able to have a fun summer weekend in Philadelphia. Make sure to visit the various Farmers Markets and get ingredients to try a new recipe! If you’re streaming a production, make it a movie night with popcorn. You also have so many options for physical and mental wellness, whether it’s taking a yoga class or getting out in nature.
Shrager & Sachs, LLC Wishes You a Healthy and Safe Summer Season
While the COVID-19 pandemic has had unprecedented effects on our lives, there are methods we can use to maintain our safety and still participate in the things we enjoy. It may not be exactly as we did it before and some forethought and a little more time may need to go into planning these events, but they are still doable.
Simple safety procedures like wearing a mask, physically distancing, and washing your hands greatly reduces the chance of infecting others or getting infected. To travel, go to restaurants, or go to events, taking the time to research how they’re dealing with safety and preparing for those modifications means you’ll know what to expect when you get there, whether it’s limited capacity or time.
Overall, the most important thing we all need to do now is stay safe. Philadelphia is doing its part in providing safe and clean areas for citizens and visitors alike so everyone can enjoy the city this summer. At Shrager & Sachs, LLC, we hope you have a healthy summer and that you’re able to have fun while maintaining your safety and wellbeing.