Philly restaurateur says COVID-19 guideline enforcement not consistent as Wolf announces new restrictions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With restaurants forced to abide by strict COVID-19 guidelines, one restaurateur is questioning why retailers and food courts aren't subject to the same enforcement for their businesses.

Dave Magrogan, CEO and founder of Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar, said he was appalled at the state of the food court at the King of Prussia Mall this week.

"It was the same type of tables that were there before. Same amount of tables. No social distancing, no plexiglass, people were sitting back to back,” Magrogan said.

He posted a video of what he saw to Facebook, and Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh was asked about it.

"I have not seen that video but will certainly make sure that one of the teams from our office of public health makes a visit out there,” Arkoosh responded.

She said guidelines for food courts mirror guidelines for restaurants.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced late Thursday a ban on all indoor dining, and indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people starting Dec. 12.

Magrogan said enforcement has not been even-handed.

"These are all things that would shut a restaurant down,” he said.

Mall management has not yet returned a request for comment.

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