Beginning June 5, restaurants and retail foodservice businesses located in counties designated as being in the yellow phase are permitted to add dine-in service in outdoor seating areas so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, including maximum occupancy limits:
It is important to note that the guidance states it is not bypassing your local government and, possibly the PLCB. We are going to get clarification from the PLCB if any approval from them will be required and update this post accordingly. Regardless, you will still be required to get the required local permitting to permit outdoor seating and dining, such as a sidewalk permit or other outdoor service permit if the municipality requires it and you do not already have it.
The following counties will enter the green phase on May 29 at 12:01 AM, which will permit restaurants and licensed businesses to resume dine-in service up to 50% of their capacity, as further discussed below: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, and Warren. The link for the full guidance is included below, but the main points from the guidance are that businesses must do the following:
The full guidance can be found at https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/20200527-Restaurant-Industry-Guidance.pdf.
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