Dr. Rachel Levine

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Orders One-Night Suspension for Serving Alcohol After 5 PM

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced that on Wednesday, Nov. 25th, restaurants and bars are ordered to stop alcohol sales from 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26th, in the State of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine

On one of the busiest nights for alcohol consumption at bars, already struggling family-owned businesses, will feel the pinch. However, Pennsylvania, like many other states, has seen spikes in COVID-19 cases and this measure is aimed at helping to slow the spread.

Current models show that Pennsylvania is on track to see 22,000 Cases Per Day By December. In a tweet, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said, “Today I’m announcing efforts to slow the spread of #COVID19 as cases reach critical levels. They include a recommitment to school safety, protections for businesses and employees, reduced gatherings, enforcement for mask-wearing, and an advisory encouraging PA’ians to stay home.”

Among the new measures announced Monday by Levine:

  • A one-night suspension of alcohol sales on Wednesday, starting at 5 p.m.
  • Indoor dining capacity at Pennsylvania restaurants is now at 25%, or 50% if the restaurants self-certify.
  • An advisory that all Pennsylvanians should stay home, but Dr. Levine emphasized that “this is an advisory, not a shutdown order.”
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