County officials urge bars, restaurants to follow guidelines or risk getting fined

Jim Melwert
July 10, 2020 - 4:00 am

    PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) County officials are urging bars and restaurants to follow rules regarding operation during the pandemic, saying they want businesses to stay open, but they will shut down anyone being careless. 

    Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh said they know a lot of restaurant or bar owners invested a lot of time and money to reopen under the new restrictions.

    “We want to support these restaurants. We do not want to shut down restaurants that are doing everything right because of a few bad actors,” she said.

     

    Arkoosh said the county’s public health office will enforce all guidelines, and she said anyone who sees an issue can anonymously report it on montcopa.org.

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    “We have a process in place to quickly shut down restaurants after our inspectors observe a second incidence of noncompliance,” she said. 

    Delaware County also has a link to report restaurants that aren’t following rules on their county website.

    “The majority of bars and restaurants are abiding by the guidance. It’s just a few of them that aren’t and that’s what’s putting us in jeopardy,” said Delaware County Councilwoman Monica Taylor.

    The following are some of the guidelines restaurants and bars must follow: bar patrons must be seated, no one can be served while standing, a maximum of four people who have a common relationship can sit at the bar, customers have to wear masks when walking through the bar or restaurant but can take it off while seated, and employees are required to wear masks while working.