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File #: 2021-1341    Version: 1
Type: Will of Council Status: Adopted
File created: 3/22/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 3/23/2021 Final action: 3/23/2021
Enactment date: 3/23/2021 Enactment #: 194
Effective date: 3/23/2021    
Title: NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh calls on Pennsylvania Acting Department of Health Secretary Alison Beam and the Department of Health to expand the Phase 1A eligibility pool to include workers in the restaurant, service, and hospitality industries, and to take all appropriate efforts to ensure that that there's sufficient supply, distribution, and administration of vaccines for these individuals and those who are already eligible under state criteria; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Council recognizes the essential work performed by those in the restaurant, service, and hospitality industries through the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as those organizations that continue to advocate for their well-being and security.
Sponsors: Corey O'Connor
WHEREAS, on March 15, 2021, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that, effective April 4, 2021, self-certified restaurants, which include those that have agreed to comply with all relevant public health safety guidelines, may increase indoor dining occupancy capacity from 50 percent to 75 percent, while those that don't self-certify may raise capacity to 50 percent, in addition to increases in permitted occupancy for various other related industry sectors, including service and hospitality businesses; and

WHEREAS, according to the current vaccine distribution schedule and eligibility guide issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, workers in the restaurant, service, and hospitality industries are slated to become eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccinations during Phase 1C, which is the second-to-last Phase currently planned; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania has remained in Phase 1A of vaccine distribution for approximately three months, indicating that workers in the restaurant, service, and hospitality industries who currently won't be eligible for the receipt of vaccines until Phase 1C, will most likely remain ineligible at the time of the occupancy capacity increase the state will permit effective April 4, 2021; and

WHEREAS, many individuals in need of the vaccine are currently eligible, including the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions that make them especially susceptible to Covid-19, as well as essential workers from a variety of industries, such as health and healthcare delivery, childcare, education, home care, transportation, agriculture, and more. These individuals and groups have rightly been prioritized for many reasons; and

WHEREAS, countless in the restaurant, service, and hospitality industries, many of whom were deemed essential staff for essential businesses during the pandemic, have fared poorly in the last year as they faced of significant loss of income, greatly reduced job security, and, according to a recent stud...

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