Governor Wolf says he doesn’t plan to force bars and restaurants to close again

Written by on June 30, 2020

Governor Wolf says he doesn’t plan to force bars and restaurants to close again

Ed Mahon, PA Post

June 30, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf speaks at a news conference on June 29, 2020, outside UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic in Dauphin County. Photo | Ed Mahon, PA Post

Beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, customers will no longer be allowed to drink alcohol inside Allegheny County bars and restaurants – imposed in response to a rise in coronavirus cases in the county.

But, PA Post’s Ed Mahon reports, Governor Tom Wolf says he doesn’t plan to force bars and restaurants in other parts of the state to follow suit.

For Chuck Moran, the new restrictions in Allegheny County are a warning. The Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association says some businesses worry the restrictions will spread if other regions see a surge in cases like Allegheny County did.

“We’ve been encouraging our members through our social media channels to please make sure the patrons are following the rules, make sure you’re following the rules. You know, this could potentially be a death sentence for some of these small businesses,” said Moran.

Governor Wolf says the alcohol restrictions might make sense in other parts of Pennsylvania.

But he adds, he wants to leave those decisions to county leaders.

“Right now, we’re in the stage that, I think, we can do things with surgical precision that we couldn’t three months ago.”

In recent days, the number of new coronavirus cases has increased in Pennsylvania – ranging from 400 to around 600 daily.

That is still significantly lower than April when the state saw more than 1,000 new cases most days.

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