While Pennsylvania continues to experience a fall resurgence of COVID-19 cases, Governor Wolf announced new mitigation efforts to slow the spread. These new guidelines include stopping the sale of alcohol early on one of the biggest nights out of the year.
Thanksgiving Eve is known for being one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. But this year, Wednesday will be different from years past because of new guidelines but out by the state forcing bars and restaurants to stop alcohol sales at 5p.m. tomorrow night.
This new rule has left local businesses without the sales they anticipated.
“After 5 o’clock, no alcohol sales are allowed to go through your register. So, we basically are shut down from 5 o’clock on for alcohol and we can allow food sales. But on the night before Thanksgiving, it’s kind of a tough pill to swallow,” said owner of Stadium Pub & Grill, Patrick Martella.
Owner of Stadium Pub and Grill, Patrick Martella says he wasn’t necessarily surprised about this last-minute announcement.
“It’s just a matter of the timing again. He gives you about a day to prepare for what was supposed to happen as opposed to what is going to happen now. Just this whole year, every event that has happened we have been shut down every major holiday,” said Martella.
Martella feels as though the restaurant industry is being singled out by this most recent rule.
“So, it’s ok to go to a Giant Eagle to get your beer and wine and take it home but it’s not ok to do a takeout from us,” said Martella. “Even if he said, ‘You can’t have alcohol sales after 5 o’clock,’ why can’t we at least have to-go sales coming through work at least giving us a few more dollars in our register instead of completely shutting us down,” he added.
Alcohol sales will end at 5 o’clock Wednesday evening but are allowed to resume Thursday, Thanksgiving Day at 8 a.m.