Pennsylvania Health Secretary Temporarily Bans the Sale of Alcohol Ahead of Thanksgiving to “Slow the Spread”

On Monday, Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf announced that the sale of alcohol at bars and restaurants would be temporarily banned to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“On Wednesday, Nov. 25, restaurants and bars are ordered to suspend alcohol sales at 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26,” said Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dr. Rachel L. Levine according to CBS Pittsburgh.

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Levine also revealed that “new mitigation measures” will be enacted that include “targeted protections for businesses and gatherings.”

“Orders already in place and those announced today will be enforced, and law enforcement and state agencies will be stepping up enforcement efforts, issuing citations and fines and possible regulatory actions for repeat offenders,” Levine threatened at the press conference on Monday.

“It has to be our collective responsibility to protect our communities, our healthcare workers and our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians from COVID-19,” the secretary also noted.

While large corporations like Amazon thrive during the pandemic, small businesses have been extremely impacted by the coronavirus.

“Small-business transaction data collected by software and business-services provider Womply show that about 1 in 5 businesses that were open in January have stopped transacting entirely,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Most of them have likely closed for good. In a recent survey of 6,325 small-business owners conducted by small business social-networking company Alignable, 42% of respondents said they were at risk of going out of business in the fourth quarter.”

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“Small businesses have been at the losing end of the U.S. economy for decades, but nothing has diminished their stature like the Covid-19 crisis,” the Journal added. “Thousands of small firms have been driven out of business while their larger counterparts have largely survived and, in some cases, even flourished.”

The coronavirus rules in Pennsylvania continue to get more extreme. Just last week, the state started enforcing mandatory mask wearing inside your own home if someone else from a different household is visiting.

“Strengthening masking order,” the secretary of health department said on Twitter. “Masks are still required. Indoors: masks now required anytime you’re with people outside of your household, even if you’re socially distant. Applies to all indoor facilities + if you have people in your home not part of your household.”

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