As announced yesterday by Governor Wolf, all sales of alcohol for on-premises consumption must stop at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and may not resume until 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26.
• Such restrictions are intended to eliminate large crowds and social gatherings typically experienced at bars, restaurants and catered events the evening before Thanksgiving in efforts to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
• Sales of beer, wine and cocktails to go by appropriately licensed and permitted businesses may continue during the one-night on-premises sales prohibition.
Additionally, the Governor announced reduced limits for both indoor and outdoor events/gatherings as follows:
Maximum Occupancy for Indoor Events:
Maximum Occupancy Allowable Indoor Rate
0-2,000 people 10% of Maximum Occupancy
2,001 – 10,000 people 5% of Maximum Occupancy
Over 10,000 people No events over 500 people
Maximum Occupancy for Outdoor Events:
Maximum Occupancy Allowable Outdoor Rate
0-2,000 people 15% of Maximum Occupancy
2,001 – 10,000 people 10% of Maximum Occupancy
Over 10,000 people 5% of Maximum Occupancy up to 2,500 people
Enforcement: Orders already in place and those announced Nov. 23 are all enforceable, and law enforcement and state agencies will be stepping up enforcement efforts, issuing citations and fines, and possibly regulatory actions for repeat offenders.
For more information, please review the following documents:
Governor Wolf’s Retail Food Services Mitigation Order (one-night suspension of alcohol sales for on-premises consumption)
Governor Wolf’s Retail Food Services Mitigation Order (business restrictions and limitations to gathering sizes)