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New Restaurant Covid Help

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday a plan to waive liquor license fees to provide financial relief for restaurants and bars that have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we enter the anticipated fall resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the very contagious nature of this virus makes gathering indoors publicly at full capacity dangerous. Still, we know that restaurant and bar owners in Pennsylvania are committed to keeping their employees and customers safe and the vast majority of these businesses have followed safety precautions and invested in new procedures and supplies, but COVID continues to hurt this industry,” Gov. Wolf said. “My administration continues to look for innovative ways that we can support the bar and restaurant industry. Eliminating liquor license fees is an important step toward helping bars and restaurants retain the capital they need to weather the storm of COVID-19.”

Wolf says he’s working with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to waive standard licensing fees through 2021 starting Jan. 1.

According to the Wolf administration, more than 16,000 Pennsylvania restaurants and bars, clubs, catering clubs and hotels would see $20 million in relief.

Governor Wolf Announces Plan to Waive Liquor License Fees To Provide Financial Relief to Restaurants and Bars.

In response to Gov. Wolf’s announcement, Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus Spokesperson Jason Gottesman, made the following statement:

“Pennsylvania’s hospitality industry is on the verge of collapse and community bars and restaurants are on the precipice of permanent closure because of Gov. Wolf’s over broad and onerous restrictions that are backed neither by science nor common sense.

“Earlier this week, Democrats had a chance to join Republicans in providing real assistance to this struggling industry and its workers by overriding the Governor’s veto of House Bill 2513, but instead too many of them sold their votes for today’s half measure of help that does not even take effect until next year should it be adopted by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

“Instead of Democrats blindly following this governor’s misguided mandates, they should listen to the families, workers, and small business owners who have been devastated by his over broad and inconsistent shutdown and stand ready to balance safety and mitigation with a path toward normalcy.”

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