ALCOHOL CITATIONS HINDER BAR RECOVERY

More than three dozen establishments operating in central Pennsylvania were recently cited by the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for not following COVID-19 mitigation orders. The Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement oversees enforcement of restaurants, bars and social clubs with liquor licenses and is ensuring Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigation orders are being carried out. The unannounced visits are part of regular compliance checks, but some are prompted by complaints submitted by the public. Officers are ensuring establishments are following pandemic protocols including mask-wearing by employees and customers, no bar seating, occupancy rules and an 11 p.m. alcohol sales cutoff. Many businesses say the enforcement is haphazard and unfair. Some say they have been cited and fined despite their best efforts to adhere to the restrictive rules, and they are now planning to fight the citations in court. They say it is not only about the money… it is also about the coming down on them when business is already so hard.

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