Governor Tom Wolf has ordered that all restaurants and bars to close their dine-in facilities at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 16 in five Pennsylvania counties, including Allegheny for the next 14 days.
Restaurants in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties will also be required to close dine-in services for two weeks, in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Businesses that offer carry-out, delivery and drive-through food and beverage service are permitted to continue to do so, but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited.
In a press release, Governor Wolf said that it is in the best interest of the public to encourage social distancing by closing restaurants and bars temporarily.
“Ensuring the health and safety of Pennsylvanians is the highest priority as the state grapples with a growing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19,” he said. “I understand that this is disruptive to businesses as well as patrons who just want to enjoy themselves, but in the best interest of individuals and families in the mitigation counties, we must take this step.”
According to the governor’s office, businesses that do not adhere to this order could face enforcement actions.
We’ll keep updating this story as more information becomes available.
If any bars or restaurants are offering delivery or takeout specials, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’re compiling a list to share.