Pennsylvania and Philadelphia have lifted their mandates for many businesses to telework, with state officials now saying the practice is only "highly encouraged" as the commonwealth continues to make strides against COVID-19, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports.
In easing its restrictions, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health recommends office workers continue to work at home when possible and has outlined a series of guidelines that must be followed when employees are in the office.
Some of those protocols involve requiring employees and visitors to wear masks with some exceptions, notably when someone is working alone in a separate office and as necessary to eat or drink. The city also continues to prohibit employees from eating together in a shared space such as a lunchroom or conference room among other measures.
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The restrictions were eased on April 4 and are welcomed by Philadelphia landlords and economic development experts who view the return of office workers as certain to help reinvigorate Center City, its restaurants and retailers who have suffered during the pandemic.