PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (KDKA) – Contrary to the alarm numbers, Governor Tom Wolf is expected to announce new restrictions and limitations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Governor, said Tuesday that Governor Wolf’s announcement is in line with local action. Although nothing is set in stone, Fitzgerald says decisive action is needed to stop the spread.
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And again, local businesses are preparing to limit their operations.
For Casbah and another 18 restaurants in the Big Burrito Group, the coronavirus is already a rocky road. Half of the group’s 1,200 employees have been laid off, and company president Bill Fuller is dealing with the blows.
“We just went through a receipt, 25 percent, 50 percent, no alcohol license,” Fuller said.
And now restaurants in Allegheny County and Pennsylvania are shutting down again, with state and county health departments planning to announce new restrictions, including a ban on indoor dining again and just allowing exports.
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“I think the governor will look into it today and announce tomorrow what the restrictions would be,” Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald will not confirm, but sources tell KDKA Andy Sheehan that the restaurants are by no means alone. The full closure of businesses such as casinos, theaters and gyms, as well as institutions such as museums and libraries, should also be considered.
The state and county are trying to coordinate separate announcements on Wednesday or Thursday, with restrictions coming into effect this weekend and extending until the New Year period with the aim of avoiding further festive peaks.
“The message is clear,” Fitzgerald said. “We want to prevent people from gathering with people who don’t come from their household. Unfortunately, these recommendations, which were very strong, did not allow us to see an improvement in the numbers we have seen in recent weeks. “
By late Tuesday afternoon, nothing had been set in stone, but drastic measures are underway to prevent the spread of the community and save the overload of our health systems. According to the internal plan of the Allegheny County Ministry of Health acquired by KDKA, all cohabitation should be limited to the family only.
All indoor gatherings and events attended by people from more than one household, public or private, are prohibited. This includes private events such as weddings and showers, which are listed as “holidays” in the previous guide.
Fuller doesn’t believe restaurants are to blame, but he found acceptance at the time of the coronavirus.
“I don’t know how much it solves the problem, but I know the state and / or the county needs to do something. There is a lot of public pressure right now, Fuller said.
Until late Tuesday, businesses like Rivers Casino claim that the state or county did not notify them of any restrictions, be it capacity restrictions or a complete shutdown.