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Commissioners: Wolf will not restrict bars, restaraunts

July 10, 2020 News Extra

Gov. Tom Wolf won't restrict seated service at Butler County bars and restaurants after all.

Butler County commissioners were told Friday that Wolf and the state Department of Health would not place restrictions on bars and restaurants in the county as a result of COVID-19. State health department officials said earlier this week there would be closures in much of southwestern Pennsylvania, including Butler County.

It was not immediately clear if the governor would take actions to close bars and restaurants in other counties in the region.

“There's going to be no orders forthcoming from the governor's office for Butler County,” commissioner Kim Geyer said in a statement. “The numbers in Butler County do not support business closures.”

Eating establishments in neighboring Allegheny County were ordered to stop in-person dining, both in- and outdoors, last week following exponential increases in COVID-19 cases. That order expired Thursday and was replaced with an order prohibiting indoor, but permitting outdoor, dining in the county.

Those proclamations were issued by that county's health department. Butler County does not have a health department. Geyer said the county does not regulate eating establishments.

“It's important for the public to know the Butler County Commissioners do not make business closure decisions and would not have endorsed business closures,” she said.