Philly Mayor Ban All Large Events But Does Not Apply To “Protests” or “Demonstrations” Amid COVID-19 Pandemic.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 11 million people, claiming more than 526,000 lives across the world. Philadelphia and New Jersey are asking people who have traveled from states with high rates of COVID-19 — including Delaware — to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Face masks are mandatory in public spaces in Pennsylvania and Delaware, but Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney made it clear that his ban on large events and gatherings through February of next year does NOT apply to protests.
Incredible aerial footage showed a massive demonstration in the city in early June. Clearly, the massive number of people are not six feet apart and “socially distanced.”
“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 people or more on public property through the end of February. The moratorium will apply to special events and public gatherings, including but not limited to festivals, parades, concerts, carnivals, fairs and flea markets,” Kenney said during a coronavirus video update on Tuesday.
“In addition, permit applications for residential block permits will not be accepted until further notice. The timeline when such activities may resume will be communicated as soon as possible. To be clear, this hold on large public events does not apply to demonstrations and First Amendment protected activities,” he added.
Kenney recently waived “all protest-related code violations that were issued over the last month of protests in Philadelphia against systemic racial injustice.”
“My decision to waive these violations is not a statement on the validity of the individual citations,” Kenney said in a statement. “Rather, it is a recognition of the core concerns that caused thousands to demonstrate on the streets of Philadelphia. In waiving these notices, I recognize that those issues are vitally important, that the pain of those marching is very real, and that their message – Black lives matter – needs to be heard every day until systemic racism is fully eradicated from this city and nation.”
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Philly Mayor Ban All Large Events But Does Not Apply To “Protests” or “Demonstrations” Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
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