The continuous spike of the COVID-19 remains an issue and some areas need to do some tweaking to try and prevent it. With more businesses and establishments reopening, the best way is to continue following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Unfortunately, even that may not be enough to prevent more people from getting infected.
With most forced to stay at home the past months, it is only expected that some individuals would want to try and get some semblance of normal life. That would include bars and restaurants. Some are already accommodating dine-in customers, provided they are properly distanced away from one another. Unfortunately, it appears that this has not been working over at Allegheny County in Pennsylvania
The county has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases, a development that officials needed to address. The Allegheny County health department has issued an order to prevent alcohol from being consumed inside bars and restaurants to try and prevent the coronavirus from spreading once more.
“We’re going the wrong direction. While most residents and businesses have been following the rules, these requirements and mitigation measures address the hot spots that have been identified during case investigations. These are severe steps, but we have to take steps now to limit the community spread that endangers those who are older, high-risk or otherwise immuno-compromised,” County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said.
Hence, alcohol consumption will no longer be allowed in bars and restaurants. The establishments will still be allowed to operate only that they cannot sell alcoholic beverages to be consumed on-site, WPXI reported. The order takes effect 5:00 p.m. on June 30.
“We’re taking these steps today to further protect the health and safety of all residents through my authority under the Pennsylvania Disease Prevention and Control Law,” Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen said.
As of Sunday, there were 96 new COVID-19 cases, the largest single-day increase in the county since the outbreak began in March. On Saturday, there were 90 cases reported. The county has a total of 393 cases in the past seven days. Allegheny County has 2,382 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 183 deaths as of this writing.