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Pa. Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association sends letter to Allegheny County officials following ban of alcohol consumption at bars, restaurants

Pa. Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association sends letter to Allegheny County officials following ban of alcohol consumption at bars, restaurants


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US LIVE. SHANNON: BRITTANY, YOU TALKED WITH A UNION OFFICIAL, WHO SAYS THIS NEW ORDER COULD BE THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR SOME BUSINESSES?>> THAT’S RIGHT. I TALKED TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE BEVERAGE AND TAVERN ASSOCIATION AND HE CALLED IT A DEATH SENTENCE FOR BUSINESSES THAT RELY ON ALCOHOL SALES. HE SENT A LETTER TO THE COUNTY ASKING THEM FOR A BETTER SOLUTION.>> AFTER BEING CLOSED FOR TWO MONTHS, THIS IS A TOUGH PILL TO SWALLOW. BRITTANY: TONIGHT, THE PA LICENSED BEVERAGE AND TAVERN ASSOCIATION CALLING ON THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO RETHINK THEIR BAN ON ONSITE ALCOHOL SALES.>> THERE ARE SOME BAD APPLES. WE DON’T SUPPORT THOSE BAD APPLES. BUT THE ONES WHO ARE FOLLOWING RULES, THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PROVIDE ADULT BEVERAGES FOR ONSITE CONSUMPTION. YOU KNOW, THE CUSTOMER IS ALREADY THERE. BRITTANY: MONDAY, SENDING THIS LETTER TO COUNTY OFFICIALS, CALLING THE MOVE A DEATH SENTENCE FOR ALREADY STRUGGLING BUSINESSES, LIKE PITTSBURGH BOTTLESHOP IN BRIDGEVILLE. OWNER MATT STONEBRAKER SAYS ALCOHOL MAKES UP 60% OF HIS>> IT’S REALLY BEEN CHALLENGIN OUR SALES HAVE BEEN DOWN 90% — 90% OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS. WE WERE EXCITED TO GET TO THE GREEN PHASE AND NOW WE HAVE THIS NEW ISSUE AND IT’S CAUSING A BIT OF A HEADACHE FOR ALL OF US. BRITTANY: STONEBRAKER SAYS THEY’VE FOLLOWED THE GUIDELINES REQUIRING MASKS, REMOVING TABLES, AND APPLYING FOR EVEN MORE OUTDOORS SEATING. AND HIS CUSTOMERS SAY THEY FEEL SAFE.>> I JUST DON’T KNOW THAT ALL BARS SHOULD BE PUNISHED FOR A FEW THAT ARE VIOLATING THE RULES.>> IT DOESN’T SEEM TO MAKE MUCH SENSE TO ME. THEY’RE ALLOWING THE RESTAURANTS TO STAY OPEN AND STILL SERVE CUSTOMERS, STILL HAVE THE SAME CAPACITY AND STILL HAVE THE SAME SOCIAL DISTANCING. MORAN SAYS HE DOESN’T DISAGREE WITH THE REOPENING GUIDELINES, BUT SAYS TRYING TO RUN A BUSINESS ON A FEW PRODUCTS DOESN’T WORK. HE FEELS PUTTING THE BLAME ON SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ISN’T FAIR.>> A BLANKET POLICY USING A BROAD BRUSH JUST ISN’T THE ANSWER FOR THIS PROBLE BRITTANY: I REACHED OUT TO COUNTY EXECUTIVE RICH FITZGERALD’S OFFICE TONIGHT. HE DOES NOT HAVE A RESPONSE TO THE

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Pa. Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association sends letter to Allegheny County officials following ban of alcohol consumption at bars, restaurants

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association has sent a letter to the Allegheny County Executive and Department of Health concerning the decision to ban on-site alcohol consumption at all county businesses. “We find the recent decision to halt the sale of adult beverages for on-site consumption at licensed restaurants to be an overly broad brush stroke that punishes law-abiding licensed restaurant owners, employees, and patrons who have followed guidance provided by both state and local officials. They shouldn’t be punished because of the actions of a few “bad actors,” the letter said in part. Click here to read the full letter. On Sunday, county leaders announced they will ban alcohol consumption at bars and restaurants in the county starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.Allegheny County reported 90 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 96 new cases on Sunday. Allegheny County health officials said contact tracers found cases linked to people who visited hot spots outside of Pennsylvania and may have brought the virus back to local bars, particularly in Pittsburgh’s South Side and Oakland neighborhoods.When it comes to visiting restaurants, Allegheny County health officials said visitors must wear a face mask while sitting at a table at a restaurant and can only remove it for eating and drinking.

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association has sent a letter to the Allegheny County Executive and Department of Health concerning the decision to ban on-site alcohol consumption at all county businesses.

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“We find the recent decision to halt the sale of adult beverages for on-site consumption at licensed restaurants to be an overly broad brush stroke that punishes law-abiding licensed restaurant owners, employees, and patrons who have followed guidance provided by both state and local officials. They shouldn’t be punished because of the actions of a few “bad actors,” the letter said in part. Click here to read the full letter.

On Sunday, county leaders announced they will ban alcohol consumption at bars and restaurants in the county starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Allegheny County reported 90 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 96 new cases on Sunday.

Allegheny County health officials said contact tracers found cases linked to people who visited hot spots outside of Pennsylvania and may have brought the virus back to local bars, particularly in Pittsburgh’s South Side and Oakland neighborhoods.

When it comes to visiting restaurants, Allegheny County health officials said visitors must wear a face mask while sitting at a table at a restaurant and can only remove it for eating and drinking.

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