Governor Tom Wolf is shutting down ‘the biggest day for drinking’ for Thanksgiving holiday this year. Wolf will discontinue restaurants and bars from serving alcohol due to the increasing cases of the coronavirus.
Wolf announced that all sales for on-site consumption at bars, restaurants, wineries, breweries, private clubs and private catered events are prohibited after 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
This will be an effort to control some of the uninhibited pre-Thanksgiving gatherings where the virus could spread rapidly. Many restaurant and bar owners say this will put further strain on businesses especially since they are already struggling currently.
“It turns out, the biggest day for drinking is the day before Thanksgiving,” Mr. Wolf said at a press conference. “When people get together in that situation, it leads to an exchange in fluids which leads to an increase in infections.”
Sales will resume on Thanksgiving day at 8 a.m. while takeout alcohol sales will remain banned.
Wolf also issued an advisory urging Pennsylvanians to stay home and avoid contact with people outside of their households.
Neighboring state Maryland, is facing similar concerns. Governor Larry Hogan announced that Maryland police and local authorities will be stepping up to enforce restrictions on bars, restaurants, nightclubs and catering halls that will also begin Wednesday mainly including cutting off alcohol sales at 10 p.m. and continuing to enforce previous regulations.