Davis supports waiving license fees for bars, restaurants through 2021

HARRISBURG, Oct. 22 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that his administration and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will waive licensing fees through 2021:

“Today our bars and restaurants received some very welcoming financial news. The waiving of licensing fees through 2021 is going to help more bars and restaurants than we know. In fact, it’s estimated that more than 16,000 bars and restaurants, hotels, clubs and catering clubs could see upward of $20 million in relief.

“But most importantly – it’s going to allow these establishments to retain the capital they need to make it through this global pandemic. COVID-19 was unexpected and, quite frankly, we were unprepared for a health crisis of this extent. However, that doesn’t mean that the restaurant industry, especially our family-owned businesses, should be forced to shutter their doors.

“Capacity restrictions have been unpopular and hard to navigate in Pennsylvania. But these restrictions are saving lives. Unfortunately, the winter months are going to make it extremely hard on the restaurant industry. The waiving of licensing fees, though, will help these businesses during this very uncertain time.

“Lastly, I’d like to thank Governor Tom Wolf for listening to our request last week to waive these fees. It’s clear by his actions today that the best interests of commonwealth residents are always at the core of his decision-making process.”