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Police Give 2 Notices Of Violation, 5 Warnings To Pittsburgh-Area Establishments Not Following Coronavirus Orders

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - During coronavirus compliance checks, state police handed two notices of violation and five warnings to Pittsburgh-area licensed liquor establishments.

Liquor control enforcement officers visited 1,107 licensed establishments across the state on Monday and Tuesday to make sure coronavirus orders are being followed. They issued 13 notices of violation and 11 warnings.

The Pittsburgh State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement office issued two notices of violation and five warnings between Sept. 21-22 after visiting 203 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.


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 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.

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