Pa. restaurant owners calling for restriction relief, again

Written by on November 3, 2020

Pa. restaurant owners calling for restriction relief, again

By Sam Dunklau / WITF

November 3, 2020

Sara Kennely, cleans one of the dining tables at Max’s Allegheny Tavern, Thursday, June 4, 2020. The restaurant taped over the surfaces of some tables to restrict seating to maintain social distancing. Keith Srakocic / AP Photo

Pennsylvania bar and restaurant owners have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

They say they’ve collectively lost eight months of their usual revenue due to restrictions implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For WLVR News, Sam Dunklau reports they’re asking the state to allow them to reopen fully.

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For months, the hospitality industry has been shedding jobs and adapting to new, and sometimes changing, health rules.

Christina Mansey is a manager at the RaceHorse Tavern in Thomasville, York County.

She says her bar has been following the Wolf administration’s rules to the letter, but is only bringing in half the money than it had pre-pandemic.

Mansey says she’s worried the limits on the number of patrons could have negative impacts on the health of the community.

“It is promoting house parties and speakeasies where there is no social distancing and there is no one there to help to regulate and to ensure a fun and safe environment.”

The state Liquor Control Board just voted to waive licensing fees for next year, but Mansey and others say that relief amounts to a drop in the bucket.

The GOP-controlled state legislature has tried to overturn Governor Tom Wolf’s restrictions, while Wolf has pushed lawmakers to send out the commonwealth’s remaining one billion dollars in CARES Act money.

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