Skip to comments.Pa. restaurants can soon open to 50% capacity, but must end booze sales early: Wolf
Posted on 09/08/2020 10:14:27 AM PDT by lightman
Restaurants and bars in Pennsylvania are getting some relief.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced today that starting Sept. 21 establishments can increase indoor seating capacity from 25% to 50%. But Wolf also threw in an additional caveat - restaurants with alcohol sales will have to cut off booze sales at 10 p.m.
While our aggressive and appropriate mitigation efforts have kept case counts low, we must continue to take important steps to protect public health and safety as we head into the fall. At the same time, we must also support the retail food services industry that has struggled throughout this pandemic, Wolf said in a statement.
In July, Wolf reduced indoor seating capacity limits to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, seating around bars is prohibited and establishments are no longer permitted to serve alcoholic beverages unless patrons order sit-down, dine in meals. Its unclear if the requirement to buy food when purchasing alcoholic drinks will change.
This summer, restaurant and bar owners banded together to express their dissatisfaction with the governor and the mandates. The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association circulated a petition asking the governor to raise the capacity limits.
Under Wolfs revised mandates, establishments will be able to show they are following orders through a self-certification process. Participating establishments will appear in a searchable online database.
The governors office said the program is modeled after similar mitigation efforts in Connecticut, while the alcohol sales limit is modeled after an effort in Ohio.
The self-certification will be used as part of the states enforcement efforts through the Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
Documents and information on the Open & Certified Pennsylvania program can be found online starting Sept. 21 and will contain the following:
A list of requirements contained in the current restaurant industry guidance and enforcement efforts;
A statement that the owner has reviewed and agrees to follow these requirements;
The business maximum indoor occupancy number based on the fire code; and
A statement that the owner understands that the certification is subject to penalties for unsworn falsification to authorities.
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"The governors office said the program is modeled after similar mitigation efforts in Connecticut, while the alcohol sales limit is modeled after an effort in Ohio."
Is the lame duck even capable of having an ORIGINAL thought?
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That makes as much sense as Florida’s antiquated liquor law: No sales on Sunday until AFTER 1 pm. Don’t want people going to church drunk...................
Come on you remember the 1980’s outbreak of AIDs where the government limited alcohol sales to prevent the spread of the disease..........
Dictator Wolf just make up sh!t as he goes along...
Sounds like they’re warning the eating patrons to clear out before 10 pm, when the rioters arrive and demand alcohol.
Prohibition has don already halted long time ago by Congress
Hopefully, come November the rats will realize what a huge mistake they have made. As one poster said, the lockdown has gone from being a bad policy to criminal.
This particular law goes back to Prohibition era, I believe, or even before.
Here’s some of Florida’s silliness about alcohol:
No booze after 10 pm? The party does not get rocking until after 10 pm. The rule will hurt the place’s profits.
I make a motion that the China Virus be renamed the Dictator Virus, due to the effect on Democrats.
I would think alcohol would kill the chicom virus. They would have a 2 drink minimum if I was in charge. You know. Science! lol
Prayers that Pennsylvania might remove their jailers.
We made money but could not have survived this chi-com virus crap.
I really don't know how we would have reacted to this kind of gummint interference.
Well, I do know. Back then, this would never have happened.He'd have been burned at the stake.
Yea, I said he, because in the 70s there were only two female gubbernors, Ella grasso, D 1975-1980 in CT, and Dixy Lee Ray, D, 1977-1981 in WA.
Curtailing booze sales have NOTHING to do with the virus.
Yep, been there and dealt with those laws. I loved the laws in South Carolina (don’t know if changed) but the alcohol store was marked with a bull’s eye. That was all the signage allowed.
Order a beer at 9:59, you’re ok. 10:01 and you die. That’s one smart virus.
Because drink after 10 pm causes......?
You see, this is partly why I am strongly anti-mask. Once you let them stick a useless piece of cloth over your mouth for no reason they no longer have to even try to come up with logical reasons for their dictates.
A great big thank you to all who know this but meekly wear the training burqua because you do not "want to make waves".
“Is the lame duck even capable of having an ORIGINAL thought?”
NEVER! Assuming that was a rhetorical question. LOL
Just another mealy-mouthed, “woke,” autocratic bureaucrat posing as a leader who is crawling in line behind other “woke” autocrats into his next job (preferably a position in the Biden Adm).
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