Governor Tom Wolf is lifting more coronavirus restrictions, giving a little life back to business. And bars may be the biggest winners.
Starting April 4th, restaurants and taverns can serve drinks at their bars freely. There will be no requirement to buy a meal with an alcoholic beverage. The state is also removing the curfew on alcohol sales.
And for cooperating establishments, their indoor capacity is going up to 75 percent of maximum. This means they must self-certify their business is following all COVID-19 protocols.
Among the rules still in place, Wolf is still imposing a mask mandate. Additionally, diners must sit six feet apart and social distance.
The increase in capacity applies to other businesses as well. Gyms, casinos, theaters, and the like will be able to operate at 75 percent capacity.
Events are also seeing an increase, though not as substantial. Indoor events can operate at 25 percent capacity, while outdoor events get up to 50 percent.
“Pennsylvanians have stepped up and done their part of help curb the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said.
“Our case counts continue to go down, hospitalizations are declining, and the percent positivity rate gets lower every week – all very positive signs. The number of people getting vaccinated increases daily and we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. It’s time to allow our restaurants, bars and other service businesses to get back to more normal operations.”