Sep 17, 2020
Six Pittsburgh-Area Establishment Given Warning During Coronavirus Compliance Checks
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By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – During coronavirus compliance checks, state police handed a warning to six Pittsburgh-area businesses.
Liquor control enforcement officers visited 1,031 licensed establishments across the state Monday and Tuesday to make sure coronavirus orders are being followed.They issued one notice of violation and 16 warnings.
The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement Office issued 16 warnings between Sept. 14-15 after visiting 156 licensed businesses in Pittsburgh.
The unannounced compliance checks make sure all customers are wearing masks when entering, exiting or moving through the restaurant or bar and that employees wear masks at all times.
They’re also checking to make sure there are 6 feet or physical barriers between customers at tables or booths as well as ensuring maximum capacity limits are posted and enforced.
Police say these checks could happen anywhere in the state, but are being focused in areas experiencing higher COVID-19 transmission rates.
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Police say a notice of violation comes before an administrative citation and is meant to let establishments know what violations were found.
Bars and restaurants issued a notice of violation won’t be named since they’re under investigation. Each Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement office releases details on citations at the end of the month.
State police say violators may face administrative citation, and continued violations put an establishment’s liquor license at risk.
A statewide order is in effect limiting indoor dining to 25 percent occupancy and prohibiting alcohol consumption unless the drink comes with a meal. However, the Wolf administration announced capacity will be increased to 50 percent on Sept. 21.
If you want to complain about a licensed establishment not following coronavirus mandates, you can call 1-800-932-0602 or submit a complaint online.
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Denver Extends Restaurant, Bar Outdoor Expansion Until October 2021
DENVER (CBS4)– People who want to eat at restaurants without going inside a building will continue to have more options in Denver. The city has extended its temporary allowance for restaurants and bars to expand ourdoors through October 2021.
The program was originally slated to expire on Oct. 31.
“We’re proud this program has been a lifeblood for expanded serving capacity to help keep Denver businesses open and their employees working,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said in a statement. “We will work with restaurants and bars on creative models that allow them to extend this program through the cold weather months, while maintaining the strenuous protections in place to prevent COVID-19 transmission.”
That means that businesses with outdoor seating areas not impacting the public right of way can request a 120-day extension past Oct. 31. Those that have expanded into the public right of way can request a 90-day extension past Oct. 31, which will allow Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure to review street, sidewalk, alley, parking and travel lane closures.
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According to the City and County of Denver, “Under new rules, businesses participating in the program can also apply for additional extensions after being approved for their 90- or 120-day extension. Each neighborhood impacted by the outdoor expansion extension will have the ability to request a public hearing to address issues such as concerning noise levels if they exist.”
In Denver, 333 restaurants and bars have expanded their seating capacity outdoors. Applications are still being accepted online, so there may be more restaurants and bars added to that list, if approved. The city is encouraging restaurants and bars that would like permanent outdoor patio expansion to begin the application process this fall.