HomeLocal NewsLiquor Control Enforcement issues 44 warnings for COVID-19 complianceLiquor Control Enforcement issues 44 warnings for COVID-19 complianceTue, July 21, 2020 by wcednewsSHARE NOW Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement Officers visited 1,524 licensed liquor establishments from Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19 as part of its regular work to ensure businesses are abiding by COVID-19 mitigation requirements that include social distancing, masking, and other health and safety requirements of the liquor code.The officers issued 44 warnings for failing to follow COVID-19 requirements. Compliance checks are unannounced and can occur anywhere in the commonwealth, although the focus is on areas experiencing higher coronavirus transmission rates.Among other requirements, all businesses and employees in the restaurant and retail food service industry authorized to conduct in-person activities are mandated to:Require all customers to wear masks while entering, exiting or otherwise traveling throughout the restaurant or retail food service business (face masks may be removed while seated). Further, employees are required to wear masks at all times.Provide at least six feet between parties at tables or physical barriers between customers where booths are arranged back to back.Ensure maximum occupancy limits for indoor and outdoor areas are posted and enforced. Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement | July 17-19, 2020ENFORCEMENT OFFICETOTAL LICENSEE CHECKSWARNINGS RELATED TO COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTSNOTICES OF VIOLATION RELATED TO COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS1-Philadelphia211402-Wilkes-Barre281203-Harrisburg1151004-Pittsburgh413405-Altoona95806-Williamsport15007-Punxsutawney53708-Erie66709-Allentown27520TOTALS1,524440Violators may face administrative citation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. Continued violations put an establishment’s liquor license at risk, either through the citation process or upon application for renewal. More information is available on the enforcement page of the state police COVID-19 portal.Complaints regarding licensees not complying with COVID-19 mitigation mandates may be directed to the BLCE at 1-800-932-0602 or reported through the BLCE’s online complaint form.