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PLCB issues guidance for bars, restaurants operating in counties moving to 'green' phase

In-house dining is permitted in 'green' counties, provided they limit seating to 50 percent of capacity of 12 people per 1,000 square feet
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HARRISBURG, Pa. — After Governor Tom Wolf issued guidance for businesses in the restaurant industry this week, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board issued guidance Friday for bars and restaurants operating in counties that have been moved to the state's "Green" phase of COVID-19 mitigation.

The PLCB guidance for licensees in green counties is summarized below.

  • Indoor seating in green counties is allowed but not required for restaurant, retail dispenser and hotel licensees. Seating is limited to the lesser of 50% of the stated fire capacity or 12 people per 1,000 square feet.
  • If a restaurant, retail dispenser and hotel licensee chooses to provide seating for on-premises consumption of alcohol, then they must also provide for on-premises consumption of food, and all other directives in the Governor’s office guidance (six feet or a barrier between patrons, no standing at a bar, dining parties limited to four or fewer customers with a common relationship, etc.) must be followed.
  • Outside seating in both licensed and unlicensed locations is permitted. The same restrictions imposed on indoor seating apply to outdoor seating as well.
  • If the outside area of a restaurant, retail dispenser and hotel licensees is licensed, then the service of food and alcohol there is permitted. If the outside area is not licensed, then service of food is permitted, but the service of alcohol there is not permitted. However,
    • Patrons may purchase up to 192 ounces of beer to go on the licensed premises, then carry it to and consume it on the unlicensed service area. 
    • If the licensee holds a wine expanded permit, then patrons may also purchase up to 3 liters of wine on the licensed premises, then consume it on the unlicensed service area.
    • If the licensee qualifies to sell prepared beverages and mixed drinks to go, then a patron may purchase a prepared beverage and mixed drink of between 4 and 64 ounces in a closed container on the licensed premises, open the container once they leave the licensed premises, and consume it on the unlicensed service area. 
  • Holders of club and catering club licenses may allow members to be served on the licensed premises but must follow the same social distancing rules that apply to restaurants. Clubs and catering clubs cannot sell any alcohol for off-premises consumption.
  • Manufacturers such as breweries, limited wineries, distilleries, and limited distilleries may also offer food and drink for on-premises consumption, following the same rules as restaurants.

Source: Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board