By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – 14 Pittsburgh-area licensed liquor establishments were given warnings after police visited to make sure they’re following COVID-19 orders like the temporary indoor dining ban.

Across the state from Monday, Dec. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 30, State Police Liquor Control Enforcement officers visited 694 establishments, issuing 16 notices of violation and 33 warnings.

The unannounced compliance checks make sure businesses are following the coronavirus mitigation efforts, like mask-wearing and the recent three-week pause on indoor dining. Several restaurants have chosen not to close in defiance of the governor’s order.

While some owners are submitting legal challenges against restrictions, a federal judge in Pennsylvania recently upheld the Wolf administration’s three-week indoor dining ban.

Police with the Pittsburgh enforcement office visited 67 businesses and issued 14 warnings and five notices of violation.
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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.

A notice of violation comes before an administrative citation, police say, and is meant to let establishments know what violations were found. State police say violators may face an administrative citation, and continued violations put an establishment’s liquor license at risk.

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.