Skip to comments.Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf explains why bars, restaurants are focus of targeted coronavirus mitigation efforts
Posted on 07/21/2020 1:56:23 PM PDT by lightman
Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that the state has evidence indicating a recent rise in the number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases in Pa. can, at least in part, be traced back to places people are drinking alcohol.
Its part of the reason why Wolf, in conjunction with Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, ordered all bars that cannot serve a meal to close while also mandating that alcohol can only be consumed on a business premise if it is sold within a meal transaction.
A meal is defined by the states Liquor Control Board as food that is prepared and constitutes breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The prepared part means a bag of chips, pretzels, or peanuts is not OK, but a $1 hot dog is.
Wolf acknowledged during a news conference that also thanked frontline workers at Yorks WellSpan hospital that loopholes will always be found, like a cheap hot dog or a single slice of pizza, but added that the measures that went into effect almost a week ago are aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 on the same day the state reported over 1,000 new cases for the third time this month.
I mean, are there loopholes and ways to do an end-run around any piece of legislation or any policy? Absolutely, Wolf said. The key is, we just have to keep coming back to the point that everybody here [at the news conference made] and that is, do you want your family members, your co-workers, your friends, your neighbors, to end up [at the hospital]? If you dont, then lets try to do the things that; is it a frustrating thing to go through if youre a restaurant? Absolutely. Or a bar owner? Absolutely. The problem is, isnt it more frustrating to go through what the bar owners and restaurant owners are going through in Florida, where people are just not going to come to the bar?
Theyre not showing up anyway, and thats going to happen here if we dont do something dramatic.
In signing the new order last week, Wolf also closed nightclubs and music clubs while reducing indoor dining to 25 percent capacity. Additionally, outdoor gatherings were limited to 250 people, and all bar service, inside or outside, must be stopped. One important note, however, is that a wedding venue is allowed to serve customers at a bar only if they then go to a seat where a meal will be served.
Wolf was also asked about the idea of providing specific examples of contact tracing that has tied a sizable number of new confirmed coronavirus cases to bars and restaurants. He said that the state does have that information but is not releasing it on a bar-by-bar basis, pointing to reports out of South Korea back in March that said the countrys decision to provide voluminous and specific information about confirmed coronavirus cases led to some people who were infected to experience what the BBC said was online ridicule and judgment.
Dr. Levine said every region of the [state], not every county but the majority of the counties, in every region of the state has seen an uptick in cases, and when I say focus, what we focused on is we know that those are coming from places where people are coming together and in close contact where theyre drinking. Thats bars. And so, the order, I think, has really addressed that in a targeted way.
We cant tell you, I mean, that has been done, where a bar has been identified, and that has created all kinds of problems. I think that was South Korea did that. We dont want to do that. We think thats inappropriate. We have the data, we know this is where the problem is. Are we going to tell you exactly which bars? No, were not going to do that.
Maybe Levine nuts don't exist but that's another story for another time.
Protest on the Capitol steps tomorrow at 11
Please ping me with articles of interest.
FReepmail me to be added to the list.
“...Protest on the Capitol steps tomorrow at 11...”
Too bad they couldn’t drag the useless commie POS out and hang the bassturd....right along with his lovely HeSheIt (pronounced “He shit it” by my PA friends).
As a restaurant owner in New Hampshire I wish I could stand with people in our industry in Pennsylvania during their protest. Taking away the rights of people to earn a living over a political stunt ,fake pandemic is truly disgusting and a violation of constitutional rights. May those who think its ok to destroy peoples life work and small businesses leave this country for Venezuela as soon as possible !
You have a much higher chance of dying in an auto accident than dying from Corona virus. Yet you don’t see automobile shutdowns.
Beauty Queen Levine is sure talented.
And also Premonition-enabled to save his MOTHER before
they murdered the other elderly People.
Clearly he is also empowered with uncanny brilliance
to tell everyone else what to do.
Daily Protests start at 4:00 at local bars throughout Pennsylvania.
Deer Pennsylvania voters: do you really want to live under Democrat rule as you currently are experiencing? If so, you must have a very high quotient of self-loathing, confusion, and extreme nitwittery. Good luck dealing with your bizarre, fascist “leaders”.
So they are following the lead of South Korea. It all makes sense now. If I knew that earlier I would have absolutely gone along with everything they have ordered. In addition to that, it gives a lot of credibility to anyone that cuts off his dick.
“Deer Pennsylvania voters?” Don’t give the rats any ideas.
I'll tell you why idiot Governors like Wolf and Prickster (IL) are punishing the bars and restaurants -- because they don't have the BALLS to say how the virus is really spreading and that's the damn'
protests RIOTS happening in big cities across America.
These cowardly POS "Governors" can't tell the RIOTERS to stay home, so they go after those who obey the law.
Isn’t that part of the “Green New Deal?”
It’s not that they “can’t tell the RIOTERS to stay home,” it’s that they don’t want the RIOTERS to stay at home.
So, bars are spreading covid, unless you are also eating food?
This man is full of Schiff
Pensions now moot.
Hershey rewards Gov for release before killings.
DNC -1 Accountability - 0
I think Wolf lives in the burrow with Punxsutawney Phil and only comes out to show his shadow during press conferences.
“the state has evidence indicating a recent rise in the number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases in Pa. can, at least in part, be traced back to places people are drinking alcohol. “
weird ... because the only active ingredient in almost all hand sanitizers is ethanol ...
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.