No alcohol on Thanksgiving-Eve: Pennsylvania reintroduces Prohibition for one night only

Nov 24th

The state of Pennsylvania is suspending the sale of alcohol at restaurants and bars on the night before Thanksgiving. From 5:00 PM Wednesday to 8:00 AM Turkey day it will be illegal for the already hard-hit dining industry of PA to serve drinks to customers.

The move was announced by Health Secretary Rachel Levine via a virtual press conference on Monday. Levine appeared alongside PA Governor Tom Wolf to reveal the new holiday restrictions:

"Orders already in place and those announced today will be enforced, and law enforcement and state agencies will be stepping up enforcement efforts, issuing citations and fines and possible regulatory actions for repeat offenders," Levine said. "It has to be our collective responsibility to protect our communities, our healthcare workers, and our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians from COVID-19."

These updated rules include orders for restaurants and bars. The night before Thanksgiving is the "biggest day for drinking," said Gov Wolf. And to limit the temptation for socially-undistanced merry-making, no alcohol will be allowed to be served. And while he acknowledged that the temporary bad would be injurious to the already floundering bars and restaurants, Wolf still somehow absolved himself of any responsibility for the damage this, and his other restrictions might cause businesses,

"The thing that we can't do is ignore reality and say ‘yeah you folks, for no fault of your own, have been hit hardest by this virus.' But the virus is what's doing this. It's not me. It's not the administration. It's not the government."

Time will tell if Pennsylvanians observe the new restrictions or not.


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