PA Gov Orders Closure Of Bars, Eateries, Liquor Stores In Bucks, Chester, Delaware, & Montgomery Counties

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Health this evening urged non-essential businesses to temporarily cease operations in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The state explicitly told bars, liquor stores and restaurants to curtail business until further notice. It also said restaurants should stay open only for carry-out and delivery. It is the first time the governor has invoked the state’s authority to compel closures if the businesses do not comply.

The letter said all state-run liquor stores would begin orderly closures. Wine and beer may still be purchased at grocery stores with PLCB licenses. Restaurants should not continue with table service, but should stay open for carry-out and delivery service only.