Ravenstahl, lawmakers ask Gov. Wolf to revise guidelines for restaurants

Letter asks governor to allow for outdoor seating as summer approaches

HARRISBURG, May 18 – As portions of Pennsylvania begin to move into the less restrictive ‘yellow phase’ of the state’s coronavirus response and with the unofficial start of summer just around the corner, state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, joined his fellow Democrats in the state House Liquor Control Committee in sending a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf requesting he consider revising his administration’s guidance regarding restaurants.

Specifically, the legislators asked Wolf to allow for outdoor seating at retaurants and other eating establishments, similar to rules in Ohio and Virginia.

“With proper guidelines we are confident that our restaurant industry can both accommodate the proper social distancing while allowing our businesses to safely re-open for customers,” the legislators wrote. “Allowing the restaurant industry to permit outdoor seating over the Memorial Day weekend will give the restaurant industry an opportunity to build consumer confidence and demonstrate that consumers can once again safely dine outside their homes with reasonable limitations.”

“Our restaurant owners and their employees have done their part in helping us to flatten the curve and save lives,” Ravenstahl said. “We asked them to close, they closed. We asked them to do take-out only or delivery, and they complied. Now we are asking Gov. Wolf to help them out, by allowing them to provide for dining where its applicable and safe. We think this is a good first step in returning to some semblance of normalcy while protecting the public health.”