Governor Tom Wolf eases restaurant and enterprise restrictions and raises assortment limits April 4 – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Citing declining case numbers and rising vaccination rates, Governor Tom Wolf is easing some restrictions on restaurants and other businesses and increasing collection limits.

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As of April 4th, restaurants can resume bar service and alcohol can be purchased without food. There is also no longer a curfew for removing drinks from tables.

Indoor restaurant capacity will be increased to 75% for self-certified restaurants. Outdoor dining, roadside pickups and takeaways are still recommended, and requirements like wearing masks and social distancing are still in place.

“I’m just thrilled because it’s such a positive step in the right direction for any company in Pennsylvania,” said Colin Serto, owner of Sienna Mercato.

Capacity for other businesses such as personal service facilities, gyms, theaters and shopping malls will also be at 75% on April 4th.

📢 Valid from April 4th:
➡️ Restaurants can resume bar service
➡️ Alcohol service is allowed without buying groceries
➡️ Curfew to remove alcoholic beverages from tables that have been lifted
➡️ Indoor restaurant capacity increased to 75% for self-certified restaurants. Pic.twitter.com/XCHDCVvy05

– PA Department of Health (@PAHealthDept) March 15, 2021

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“Along with every other restaurant, we’ve definitely suffered. We saw fewer people coming. It was tough but we did it and we’re just ready to go ahead and have more people down here, ”said Serto.

For gatherings, 25% indoor events and 50% outdoor events are permitted. This is a 15% indoor and 25% outdoor increase that the governor just implemented earlier this month.

Wolf’s announcement is welcome news for wedding / event planner Caitlyn Wimer. Her company, JPC Event Group, hosted 60 weddings in 2020. You should be performing 150.

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At the moment they have 118 planned.

“That is very helpful,” said Wimer. “Many of our couples are very excited about it. And a lot of people who postponed actually came back asking if they could handle their first date, which is exciting. “

Business owner John Graf is hoping his wedding venules will get a bigger boost soon.

“We hope that we can be ramped up to 50 percent of capacity as quickly as possible,” said Graf. “And then look at the data and take it from there.”

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House Republicans in Harrisburg criticized the governor’s announcement, saying aid did not come soon enough and not far enough for workers and small businesses.

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