Allegheny Co. Warns Bars, Restaurants Against Defying COVID Restrictions

Joe DeStio
August 12, 2020 - 6:14 pm

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    PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Allegheny County officials are warning bar and restaurant owners there will be consequences if they violate the governor's COVID-19 restrictions.

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    Some members of the Southwest Pennsylvania Restaurant and Tavern Association are reportedly ready to exceed the governor's 25 percent occupancy limits.

     When asked about it at the county's weekly coronavirus update, Executive Rich Fitzgerald said the COVID Response Team will look for them.

    “We cannot have people going [sic] rouge and just deciding on their own they’re going to break the law,” said Fitzgerald.

     We will have a huge problem on our hands says Allegheny County Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen when asked about bars and restaurants possibly breaking COVID-19 rules.

    “Don’t do that, it is a critical time, we are having schools returning, all of our colleges and college students are returning to town,” said Dr. Bogen.

    Some members of the Southwest Pennsylvania Restaurant and Tavern Association say they are ready to break occupancy limits and open bars but keep to other restrictions.

    They hope for an answer from the governor by Friday.​

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