Philadelphia Restaurants Meeting Enhanced Ventilation Requirements

UPDATED: March 25, 2021:

In February, 2021, the City of Philadelphia announced new requirements for restaurants in order for them to open to 50% capacity for indoor dining. Those regulations included meeting indoor ventilation requirements of 15 air exchanges per hour. The city provided a worksheet and video on how to calculate air exchanges per hour. But ensuring the airflow might require costly HVAC changes for already stressed restaurateurs. According to this Philadelphia Inquirer article, four restaurant operators advising the city described the requirements as “inequitable, unscientific, unclear, and unenforceable.” The Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association has urged the city to follow the state’s requirements of self-certification for restaurants to operate at 50% capacity.

Between February 12th and March 9th, the Department of Health certified 99 Philadelphia restaurants have been certified to operate at the increased 50% capacity. Below is a map of those restaurants.

Update: As of March 25, 128 restaurants had ben certified.

Data as of March 25, 2021