PaTaverns, licensed PaRestaurants celebrate another step towards normalcy in Philly
The following is a statement concerning today’s announcement that Philadelphia is removing the mandatory mask mandate in most places. It comes from Chuck Moran, executive director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association. The PLBTA, based in Harrisburg, is the statewide political voice for small business taverns, bars, and licensed restaurants.
Today, Dr. Cheryl Bettigole announced that Philadelphia was moving to the “all clear level” and thus not requiring masks to be worn at many businesses across the city including Members of our Association.
Family-owned taverns, bars, and licensed restaurants are thankful for this change, and for now view it is another step towards normalcy, not only for the industry but also for all Philadelphians and visitors to the city. After nearly two years of being put into the role of enforcer of the city’s hospitality mandates, our Members are looking forward to better times which allow them to instead focus on providing cold drinks, outstanding food items, and a good night out for patrons.
The recent city data and the “all clear” signal are good signs. We hope these build confidence with patrons and bring them back to their favorite locally-owned establishments. But if there is still some hesitancy, our Members won’t discourage them from wearing a mask.
The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association thanks Dr. Bettigole for the announcement and her dedication to the safety of Philadelphians.
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