By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – During coronavirus compliance checks, state police handed one notice of violation and two warnings to Pittsburgh-area licensed liquor establishments.
Liquor control enforcement officers visited 761 licensed establishments across the state Wednesday through Thursday to make sure coronavirus orders are being followed. They issued seven notices of violation and eight warnings.
The Pittsburgh State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement office issued one notice of violation and two warnings between Sept. 23-24 after visiting 161 licensed businesses.
The unannounced compliance checks make sure all customers are wearing masks when entering, exiting or moving through the restaurant or bar and that employees wear masks at all times.
They’re also checking to make sure there are 6 feet or physical barriers between customers at tables or booths as well as ensuring maximum capacity limits are posted and enforced.
Police say these checks could happen anywhere in the state, but are being focused in areas experiencing higher COVID-19 transmission rates.
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Police say a notice of violation comes before an administrative citation and is meant to let establishments know what violations were found.
Bars and restaurants issued a notice of violation won’t be named since they’re under investigation. Each Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement office releases details on citations at the end of the month.
State police say violators may face administrative citation, and continued violations put an establishment’s liquor license at risk.
Indoor dining had been limited to 25 percent occupancy, but a new order went into effect today allowing restaurants to increase to 50 percent occupancy.
If you want to complain about a licensed establishment not following coronavirus mandates, you can call 1-800-932-0602 or submit a complaint online.