COVID-19 in Philly: Mayor Kenney’s stay at home order takes effect, how many people are sick, free meals for kids

By: - March 23, 2020 10:48 am

Mayor Jim Kenney delivers his 2021 budget address on Thursday in City Hall ( Tribune Photo by Abdul R. Sulayman)

By Michael D’Onofrio

PHILADELPHIA — The Kenney administration will provide updates at its daily briefing at 1 p.m. about the city’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mayor Jim Kenney’s “stay at home” order for all residents started at 8 a.m. Monday and will remain in effect until further notice.

Under the order, all public and private gatherings occurring outside a single household are prohibited, except those activities related to essential businesses and essential personal activities, the latter of which includes going out to buy food or seek medical attention.

Outdoor activities such as walking, running, cycling, operating a wheelchair are permitted as long as social distancing guideline are observed.

Walk-in takeout orders at restaurants are now prohibited, while meals ordered via the internet, phone and drive-thru are permitted.

On Sunday, 11 new individuals tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total cases to 96. Sixteen of the 96 are healthcare workers.

Free meals for children

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The city and School District will provide meals at 80 new locations starting today for children 18 and younger.

The meals will be provided between 9 a.m. and noon on varying days at different locations. Families will receive six meals per student, three breakfasts and three lunches.

Forty-nine district-run schools will offer meals Mondays and Thursday only.

Michael D’Onofrio is a reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune, where this story first appeared. 

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