As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Pennsylvania officials announced a one-day ban on alcohol sales in bars and restaurants starting Wednesday.
Wolf said the measure is meant to "specifically address large crowds" and to limit “limiting congregation in bars and restaurants, which has been repeatedly shown to spread the virus.”
Bars and restaurants can normally serve alcohol until 11 p.m. The new one-day rule will reduce the onsite purchase time by six hours.
Officials also announced that indoor events are limited to less than 500 individuals while outdoor events are limited to 5 percent capacity up to 2,500 people.
Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine said law enforcement will enforce the new rules and “repeat offenders” may be regulated.
Bar owners are frustrated with the new rules. Teddy Sourias, who owns five bars and restaurants in Center City, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the new order was “yet another blow to our industry.”