Allegheny County Orders Restaurants, Casinos To Close For One Week

Jeff Oravitz
July 02, 2020 - 4:18 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Allegheny County Health Department Director Deborah Bogen is ordering all restaurants, casinos and bars to be closed for a period of one week to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

Restaurants can still offer delivery or takeout service.

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The new order goes into effect at 12:01am on Friday, July 3 and is in addition to the recent order that went into place this week.

“I know that people were angry and frustrated with recent developments including the surge in cases, the prior order and recommendations, as well as the state mask order,” said Bogen. “I also realize that this newest order won’t make any of that better but as Health Department Director, I am charged with protecting, promoting, and preserving the health and well-being of all county residents, particularly the most vulnerable. This is not a decision that I’ve made lightly but I believe it’s necessary based on the new cases in the county and the community spread that is occurring.”

In addition, the county has ordered the cancellation of all activities and events planned over 25 people for the same one week time frame, is recommending residents stay at home and is asking residents to restrict travel to necessities.

On Wednesday, State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine issued an order making the wearing of masks mandatory when someone leaves their home. 

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