Philadelphia drops vaccination mandate with Wells Fargo Center

You can finally press play on previously scheduled day trips to the city that you’ve paused due to vaccination mandates.

The City of Philadelphia officially lifted vaccination mandates for covered facilities beginning Wednesday, February 16. The warrants were put in place in early January this year in what multiple sources say today was meant to be a temporary measure in an effort to minimize the spread of the Omicron variant.

Now, city officials and health experts are happy with the numbers and how cases have continued to drop steadily over the past few weeks. So, starting Wednesday, diners can once again enjoy Philadelphia’s restaurants and indoor businesses, regardless of their vaccination status. Masks, however, are still encouraged to be worn.

Not only did Philadelphia lift the mandate, but the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia also confirmed that fans can return to the sports complex, vaccinated or not. That new standard will go into effect on Thursday, just in time for the Flyers’ next home game.

You might be wondering what restaurant owners think of this decision. According to, many owners are also relieved to have seen business deteriorate in recent weeks. They think people who live in the suburbs don’t come to town because in most places children five and older need to be vaccinated to eat indoors.

You can check out what a few restaurateurs had to say about the lifting of the mandate HERE.


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