From WHYY: Suburban Philadelphia liquor stores to close as restaurants are ordered to end dine-in service


Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf extended an emergency order to include an end to dine-in restaurant service in suburban Philadelphia counties including Chester and Delaware.

The order added Alleghany County, which includes Pittsburgh. Restaurants can still offer carryout services.

Chester County is now under the same corona-virus advisories and orders that were previously confined to neighboring Delaware and Montgomery counties. The order was extended after two cases of coronavirus were found in Chester County.

The advisory has the support of Chester County government.

 King of Prussia Mall, one of the nation’s largest shopping centers,  initially disregarded the advisory but is now telling non-essential retailers to close. It was later confirmed that the mall is closed.

 The King of Prussia Mall is in Montgomery County, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Pennsylvania.

The closing order does not include “essential retailers” such as food markets and drugstores.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control board also ordered the closing of state liquor stores, which also sell wine, in Chester County.

The board plans to continue to operate its e-fulfillment center, and people can still purchase alcohol online through the Fine Wine & Good Spirits website. There are 31 stores in Bucks County, 21 in Chester County, 19 in Delco, and 36 in Montco.

The restriction is likely to lead to added  business for nearby Delaware liquor stores, which already attract a large number of Pennsylvania residents, due to lower taxes and prices.

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