Pennsylvania to ban alcohol on bars and restaurants on Thanksgiving to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

Governor Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine have announced that the temporary suspension will take effect on Wednesday at 5 p.m., and Thanksgiving will remain in effect until 8 p.m.

“It turned out that the biggest word for drinking is Wednesday before Thanksgiving,” Wolf said. “When people get together in this situation, it leads to an increase in fluid exchange, which leads to an increase in infection.”

More than 7,000 new cases of Covid-19 occurred in the state alone on Saturday, and more than 4,000 additional new cases occurred on Sunday.

“Transmitting Covid-19 is taking to new heights we haven’t met yet,” Levine said.

Levine and Wolf also announced new stay-at-home counseling for residents from Monday, although it was clarified that this was not a shutdown order.

Indoor meals are still 25-50%, while retail can continue at 75% capacity, Levine said. Gyms, salons and other personal care businesses can still operate at 50% capacity.

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From November 27, businesses will have to allow employees to work from home. According to Levine, the number of large gatherings is limited, and it is forbidden to hold events with more than 500 people indoors or 2,500 outdoors.

The suspension occurs when many Americans travel for Thanksgiving, despite the advice of some public health experts. More than 1 million U.S. passengers went through airport security on Sunday, according to the Transportation Safety Directorate.

At the same time, hospital treatment for Covid-19 is soaring at an unprecedented rate across the country – threatening reduced care even for those without coronavirus.

As of Monday, the United States reported more than 12 million Covid-19 cases and more than 257,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.