Statement: Cheers To Mixed Spirits Drinks To Go! Thank You Governor, Senate, and House
For Immediate Release: May 21, 2020, upon Gov. Wolf signature on HB 327
Contact: Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, (717) 232-8671
PLBTA Thanks Governor, Senate and House For Hearing Our Voices
The following is a statement from Chuck Moran, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, concerning the Governor’s signing of HB 327, a bill to allow mixed spirits drinks to go using specific guidance that address safety issues.
Small business taverns and licensed restaurants put their establishments on the line to help flatten the COVID-19 curve and save lives. They were the tip of the spear in this battle, and one of the first businesses to either close or limit services to protect their communities. For more than two months, they have been deprived of full business operations, causing significant financial concern. Many industry employees lost jobs.
Working together through the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, small business taverns and licensed restaurants had their voices heard today, finding political success with the signing of HB 327 by Governor Wolf.
Since the beginning of this crisis, the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association has worked closely with our Members, elected leaders, and partners at other organizations to find safe and responsible ways to help small business taverns and licensed restaurants.
Through organized taverns, much has been achieved to provide business saving opportunities.
HB 327 is one example. This bill provides an additional revenue stream to help our Member establishments keep their heads above water a little longer. This new law allows mixed spirits drinks to go during the current emergency provided specific guidance is followed to address safety issues.
We thank the Governor for signing this bill, and also praise both the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives for recognizing the need to throw this lifeline.
We ask patrons to support our small business taverns and licensed restaurants this Memorial Day Weekend by purchasing a mixed spirit drinks to go, and by responsibly enjoying it in the comfort of their homes or apartments. With nicer weather approaching, maybe even enjoy one on their decks, porches, or patios.
In thinking of next steps to help the industry survive, we encourage the Governor to consider allowing outdoor seating for establishments in yellow counties. This can be done in a responsible manner to protect the health of patrons and employees. Responsible outdoor seating would allow more employees to return to work, while offering small business taverns and licensed restaurants another opportunity to generate revenue that is urgently needed.
As the association that represents organized small business taverns and licensed restaurants, I’m proud of the courage our Members have had during this crisis. And, I’m proud of the smart and responsible lobbying efforts from our Government Affairs Department and partners at other associations.
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About the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association
The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association is a statewide association based in Harrisburg, representing small business taverns and licensed restaurants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Association formed in 1941, reorganized in 2019, and today advocates for best practices and rights within the industry as well as best experiences for patrons.