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Philadelphia chefs and local residents took to social media to chew out Mayor Jim Kenney after someone caught him dining indoors in Maryland.
The chefs are ticked off because indoor dining is not allowed in Philadelphia. Many businesses have closed because of the regulations and orders.
Photo of Philadelphia mayor dining indoors in Maryland sparks criticismhttps://t.co/tqr08Kd0cU
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) August 31, 2020
Kenney ate at the Chesapeake Inn, which has indoor and outdoor seating. His friend Gianmarco Martuscelli owns the restaurant.
It looks like Kenney is not wearing or mask and sitting pretty close to the person at the same table.
Maryland allowed indoor dining on June 12, but only at a 50% capacity. On that same day, Philadelphia allowed places to have outdoor dining only.
Kenney tried to brush it off because the county he visited, Cecil County, only has 782 coronavirus cases compared to the 33,000 in Philadelphia. He also ate outside at a local Philly eatery on his way home.
Restaurant owners are among the hardest hit by the pandemic. I’m sorry if my decision hurt those who’ve worked to keep their businesses going under difficult circumstances. Looking forward to reopening indoor dining soon and visiting my favorite spots. https://t.co/Ki3lIZV8i4
— Jim #MaskUpPHL Kenney (@PhillyMayor) August 31, 2020
Indoor dining returns to Philadelphia on September 8, but only at 25% capacity. But like in other cities, so many restaurants have closed permanently because local or state government forced owners to close. By the time outdoor dining came back, it was too late for some places.
The apology was not good enough for Philly chefs and others in the city.
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Hi @phillymayor !!! Glad you’re enjoying indoor dining with no social distancing or mask wearing in Maryland tonight while restaurants here in Philly close, suffer and fight for every nickel just to survive. I guess all your press briefings and your narrative of unsafe indoor dining don’t apply to you. Thank you for clearing it all up for us tonight. ?
That’s the equivalent of… pic.twitter.com/NX5BjW9byB
— TwistedPhilly (@Twisted_Philly) September 1, 2020
Current view from Old City. A boarded-up ghost town. You owe these owners, employees, and residents who’s lives you are actively destroying real answers! You’re only sorry because you got caught. Hypocrite. pic.twitter.com/ivXucfWjqZ
— Ryan Dolan (@RyantDolan) August 31, 2020
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