Indoor Dining Returns to Allegheny County
The new county health department rules take effect at 5 p.m. Friday.
Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen on Friday announced new rules that mirror state restrictions on bars and restaurants to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The ban on indoor dining imposed by the county earlier this month will be lifted at 5 p.m. Friday. In addition:
- Indoor and outdoor seating areas for sit-down, dine-in service at bars, restaurants, and private catered events shall be closed to patrons by 11 p.m. Take-out sales continue to be permitted after that in accordance with state law.
- Capacity for indoor dining is limited to 25%
- The use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited at all indoor and outdoor dining facilities and indoors at casinos.
- Events and gatherings other than those in businesses in the retail food services industry are limited to:
- Indoor events and gatherings of more than 25 persons are prohibited; and
- Outdoor events and gatherings of more than 50 persons are prohibited.
The announcement comes a day after Gov. Tom Wolf issued orders that close bars unless they also offer dine-in meals and limits capacity to 25% capacity.