Pennsylvania’s governor issues liquor sale cutoff for bars on Thanksgiving eve


FILE – In this May 29, 2020 file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf meets with the media at The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (NewsNation Now) — Pennsylvania’s governor has announced a beer and liquor sale cutoff for bars and restaurants on the night before Thanksgiving.

Gov. Tom Wolf issued new coronavirus safety advisories Monday, including that all alcoholic beverage sales for on-site consumption at bars and restaurants must end at 5 p.m. on Nov. 25. They cannot resume sales until 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, NewsNation affiliate WTAJ reported.

Wolf said dining may continue during the liquor cutoff time period, though takeout is encouraged.

The state also reduced maximum occupancy guidelines for large gatherings and events. Gov. Wolf has advised against hosting people outside your household.

“As our hospitals and health care system are facing greater strain, we need to redouble our efforts to keep people safe,” Gov. Wolf said in a statement. “If our health care system is compromised, it isn’t only COVID-19 patients who will suffer. If we run out of hospital beds, or if hospital staff are over-worked to the breaking point, care will suffer for every patient – including those who need emergency care for illnesses, accidents, or chronic conditions unrelated to COVID-19.”

Pennsylvania also plans to ramp up enforcement on its out-of-state travel order and mask mandate.

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