The saloons in Philadelphia are closed as of 7pm by order of the health officer. The Retail Liquor Distributors Association say the closing of the saloons will lead to an increase in demand and shortage of the essential medical commodity. The health officer has a $50K fund to fight emergencies and the power to employ the most efficient means for the prevention and suppression of disease. There were 788 new cases in the city.
Source: “Saloons Shut at 7 Tonight By Grip Order,” Evening Public Ledger, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 4, 1918. Page 1, Column 1.