Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Officers are starting to issue more violations in their COVID-19 safety checks of businesses with liquor licenses in the state.
While state police say their main goal is educational, not punitive, they have been increasing the number of violations issued instead of warnings for establishments that continue to be out of compliance with COVID-19 mitigation guidelines.
Those which receive violations face administrative citation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
Continued violations put an establishment’s liquor license at risk.
This weekend state police performed 1,190 checks around the state and issued 10 violations.
Two violations were issued in the Lehigh Valley, which had 169 checks and seven warnings.
The Harrisburg area had three violations and two warnings after 26 checks.
Erie also had three violations issued as well as five warnings after 39 checks.
The Altoona region had two violations, three warnings and 132 checks.
Since July 1 officers have issued a total of 27 violations and 551 warnings after 24,853 checks.
Lehigh Valley establishments have had five violations. Altoona has had the highest at six. Harrisburg has had a total of three.
When performing the checks, officers are looking for things such as indoor mask wearing by employees and patrons and social distancing protocol such as having tables at least six-feet apart. Restaurants can currently only have an indoor seating capacity of 25% their normal limit under the state orders.