Of the 600 state-run liquor stores, 77 located in counties categorized in the yellow phase of the governor’s COVID-19 mitigation plan will begin limited sales this week.
There’s good news for Pennsylvanians this week: After nearly two months, state-run liquor stores will finally begin to reopen.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced on Wednesday that 77 of the 600 state-run liquor stores located in counties categorized in the yellow phase of the governor’s COVID-19 mitigation plan will begin limited sales this week.
The 77 Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores slated to reopen are listed here.
The stores allowed to reopen will operate a little differently than they were before the stores shut down on March 17. No more than 25 people will be allowed inside the stores at any one time, customers and employees will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing, and store employees will be required to do frequent cleaning and disinfecting inside the store.
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As a result, operating hours could be a little different when the stores reopen to allow for more cleaning time. Pennsylvanians may also want to plan to spend a little more time when they shop, especially if a large number of people show up at the same time.
There will also be other restrictions, such as reserving the first hour of operation for customers who are at a higher risk for catching COVID-19, including those who are 65 and older, and allowing fewer patrons into smaller stores to continue following state and CDC guidelines. Some locations will also offer curbside pickup depending on how much staff they have available to handle orders. Returns on alcohol will not be accepted until further notice, according to reports.
Prior to reopening, the stores will also be outfitted with Plexiglass barriers at each register to minimize contact between employees and customers.