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Citing Dramatic Increase in COVID Cases, Governor Wolf Closes Alcohol-only Bars

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Citing an “unsettling climb in new COVID-19 cases,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today gave new orders that will close alcohol-only bars and further limit indoor seating in restaurants.

“Medical experts looking at the trajectory we are on now are projecting that this new surge could soon eclipse the April peak. With our rapid case increases we need to act again now,” said Wolf.

The new orders, which will go into effect Thursday July 16, include the following:

  • Occupancy in bars and restaurants will be limited to 25 percent (rather than the current 50 percent) of maximum occupancy.
  • Bars not selling meals must be closed. Alcohol only can be served for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal.
  • Take out sales of alcohol are permitted, subject to any limitations or restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania law.

Outdoor areas continue to be allowed for eating.

Social distancing, masking and other mitigation measures must still be in place.

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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