“Am I worried about losing my alcohol license? No. Because I didn’t break the law,” said Robert Panico, the owner of Panico in Lansdale.
The owner of Panico in Lansdale says he is not living up to the PA states ’mandate to stop selling alcohol on the spot tonight. He says they’re open until 2 in the morning. He received the support of his family. Some details below and tonight @ 11. @ 6abc pic.twitter.com/P08l1aoA6C
– Bob Brooks (@ BobBrooks6abc) November 26, 2020
In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, Pennsylvania stopped selling alcohol to bars and restaurants by Thanksgiving.
Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced her assignment between a series of orders and advice at a press conference earlier this week.
“It’s heartbreaking that this was announced two days before all of our kits were purchased,” said Panico’s brother, Chip.
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Panico says it will be open until 2 a.m.
“There are 12 employees working here. These are 12 families who depend on nights like tonight to pay their bills, pay their rent, and buy Christmas presents for their children,” Chip said. “I’m very proud of my brother and what he’s doing because he’s taking a stand for himself, his family, our family, the family of employees, and everyone else in our city who’s sick and tired of it.”
Pennsylvania liquor stores reported a busy evening on Monday night before the overnight shutdown.
The suspension of alcohol sales began at 5 p.m., and will remain in effect until 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Health officials are hoping to curb the rapid spread of the virus on a popular drinking night.
Chris Todd, Christopher’s owner of the neighborhood in Wayne (Pa.), Says rules like this shake consumer confidence.
“The announcement itself will keep more people at home,” Todd said.
It is also a concern that people are only going elsewhere to drink.
“There are a lot more house parties. I’ve talked to my beer distributor and liquor store suppliers, and they all say they’re very busy. He cleans everything up.
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