Pennsylvania's Licensed Liquor Establishments Reminded to Require Masks, Follow Social Distancing

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HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Pennsylvania State Police and the Liquor Control Board are reminding businesses with a liquor license that they must require masks and practice social distancing as efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 continue throughout the state.

“Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts have been among the most successful in the country in slowing the spread of this dangerous virus and allowing for the cautious reopening of restaurants and other licensed liquor establishments,” said PLCB Executive Director Charlie Mooney. “Just as the PLCB requires masks for employees and customers at our Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores, licensees must remain vigilant in order to stay on the path to recovery and keep our businesses operating.”

Guidance Wolf administration to restaurants and food service businesses includes:

  • Require all customers to wear masks while entering, exiting or otherwise traveling throughout the restaurant or retail food service business (face masks may be removed while seated). Further, employees are required to wear masks at all times.
  • Provide at least six feet between parties at tables or physical barriers between customers where booths are arranged back to back.
  • Ensure maximum occupancy limits for indoor and outdoor areas are posted and enforced.

Businesses that fail to follow the guidelines issued by the Wolf administration run the risk of citation and possible fines by the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement or even the suspension or revocation of their liquor license.

“Our enforcement officers have found that the vast majority of licensed liquor establishments statewide are voluntarily complying with mitigation requirements, and we remain focused on education and working with licensees during this challenging time,” said Major Jeffrey Fisher, director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. “However, the commonwealth remains in the midst of a public health emergency, and serious consequences are possible for businesses that fail to take the necessary steps to keep their employees and customers safe.” 

On Friday, Governor Wolf reminded residents of the state that masks are mandatory when visiting any Pennsylvania business.

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