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Pa. Liquor Control Board To Allow Limited In-Store Access To Some Yellow Zone Fine Wine & Good Spirits Stores

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says customers will soon be allowed back into 77 Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in the state's yellow zone on a limited basis.

Access will begin this Friday, May 8, when the northern parts of the state enter the yellow phase of the plan to keep the Coronavirus pandemic from spreading.

Several of the stores are just north of the Pittsburgh region, which has not yet been added to the yellow zone move.

According to the PLCB, four stores will reopen in Lawrence County and five in Mercer County.

Here is the list of all the others: Four in Bradford County, six in Centre County, two in Clarion County, five in Clearfield County, two in Clinton County, four in Crawford County, two in Elk County, 15 in Erie County, two in Jefferson County, four in Lawrence County, seven in Lycoming County, two in McKean County, five in Mercer County, one in Montour County, four in Northumberland County, one in Potter County, one in Snyder County, one in Sullivan County, three in Tioga County, two in Union County, three in Venango County, and one in Warren County.

The PLCB says all the stores on the list are being professionally sanitized, plastic dividers are being installed at registers and employees will be given masks, gloves and opportunities to wash their hands when they need.

The stores will also continue curb-side pickup "to the best of their ability."

The state says these guidelines and restrictions will be in place as the stores begin reopening:

  • Stores will limit the number of customers in a store at any time, allowing no more than 25 people (employees and customers) in any location and further restricting numbers of customers in smaller stores.
  • The first hour each store is open each day will be reserved for customers at high risk for COVID-19, including those 65 years of age and older.
  • Voluntary compliance from all customers is encouraged in the interest of protecting the health and safety of our most vulnerable community members.
  • Customers and employees will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing, guided by signage throughout the stores.
  • Signage will also direct customers to follow one-way patterns to avoid cross-traffic and encourage them to refrain from touching products unless they intend to buy them.
  • Store employees will perform enhanced and frequent cleaning and disinfecting, and store hours will be modified to ensure appropriate time for cleaning and restocking.
  • All sales are final, and no returns will be accepted until further notice.

The state says 11 of the Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in yellow zone have only a limited staff, so they will continue to offer curbside pickup until additional employees can be brought in to support reopening.

Those stores are: One in Cameron County, two in Clarion County, two in Forest County, two in Jefferson County, two in McKean County, one in Potter County, and one in Warren County.

The PLCB says they will continue accepting online orders on their website, and fulfilling them from more than 100 locations.


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