Sales to resume at 155 more state liquor stores in yellow phase counties on Friday

    A state liquor store front in Harrisburg (Capital-Star photo by Elizabeth Hardison).

    With 13 more Pennsylvania counties set to enter the “yellow” phase of reopening on Friday, 155 state-run liquor stores will start offering limited, in-store access starting Friday, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has announced.

    By Friday, a total of 232 state stores in 36 of 67 counties will be offering limited, in-store service, the regulatory agency said in a statement issued Wednesday.

    According to the PLCB, the following ground rules will apply:

    • “Stores will limit the number of customers in a store at any time, allowing no more than 25 people (employees and customers) in any location and further restricting numbers of customers in smaller stores.
    • “The first hour each store is open each day will be reserved for customers at high risk for COVID-19, including those 65 years of age and older. Voluntary compliance from all customers is encouraged in the interest of protecting the health and safety of our most vulnerable community members.
    • “Customers and employees will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing, guided by signage throughout the stores.
    • “Signage will also direct customers to follow one-way patterns to avoid cross-traffic and encourage them to refrain from touching products unless they intend to buy them.
    • “Store employees will perform enhanced and frequent cleaning and disinfecting, and store hours will be modified to ensure appropriate time for cleaning and restocking.
    • “All sales are final, and no returns will be accepted until further notice.”

    In its statement, the PLCB said that, prior to opening, “each location was professionally sanitized, and Plexiglas was installed at registers to provide a physical barrier between employees and customers at checkout. All Fine Wine & Good Spirits employees are being provided masks, gloves and frequent opportunities to wash hands.”

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    A full list of the 232 stores offering access is on a list published by the PLCB.

    The stores are in the following counties, the PLCB said: “71 in Allegheny County, three in Armstrong County, two in Bedford County, five in Blair County, four in Bradford County, nine in Butler County, 10 in Cambria County, six in Centre County, three in Clarion County, five in Clearfield County, two in Clinton County, four in Crawford County, two in Elk County, 15 in Erie County, seven in Fayette County, one in Forest County, one in Fulton County, two in Greene County, four in Indiana County, two in Jefferson County, four in Lawrence County, seven in Lycoming County, three in McKean County, five in Mercer County, one in Montour County, four in Northumberland County, two in Potter County, one in Snyder County, four in Somerset County, one in Sullivan County, three in Tioga County, two in Union County, three in Venango County, one in Warren County, 10 in Washington County, and 23 in Westmoreland County.”

    John L. Micek
    John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. He's been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 20 years and most recently served as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Micek's commentary is syndicated to more than 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. And he's a regular contributor to a host of broadcast outlets in Pennsylvania and abroad.