Welcome to The Philly Four, a daily recap of four of the top stories from the Philadelphia area, covering everything from local government to the Phillies bullpen. A one-stop shop for the most important news bites in the City of Brotherly Love.
- A spokesperson for the mayor's office said that Philadelphia is considering requiring that patrons show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering an indoor dining establishment. The mandate would be similar to the one currently in place in New York City. Pennsylvania currently has the highest daily average of hospitalizations in the country, around 95% of which are unvaccinated individuals.
- Philadelphia City Council voted to permanently cap fees third-party delivery services charged to restaurants. The cap of 15% was put in place during the pandemic since restaurants suddenly became dependent on the delivery services for business. However, restaurants can opt out of the cap in order to garner more business.
- Analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported that POC-owned businesses were more likely to report lost revenue and less likely to receive federal aid they applied for than their white counterparts. Black, self-employed individuals saw their businesses close at higher rates during the pandemic. After two rounds of PPP loans, 54% of POC-owned businesses said they received all the funding they requested, while 74% of white-owned businesses did.
- Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro spoke in Philadelphia on Thursday to a group of abortion rights activists about Roe V. Wade. Wolf discussed how the current legal protections around Roe V. Wade may not be enough and that federal protection may be needed. This rally came in the wake of the Supreme Court hearing arguments over Mississippi's ban on abortions after 15 weeks.