Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement Officers visited 1,262 licensed liquor establishments from Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2 to ensure businesses are abiding by COVID-19 mitigation requirements that include social distancing, masking, and other health and safety requirements of the liquor code.
Liquor Control Enforcement Officers issued three notices of violation and 52 warnings for failing to follow COVID-19 requirements. As mandated by the liquor code, a notice of violation precedes the issuance of an administrative citation, which is civil in nature, and is intended to provide licensed liquor establishments notification of the nature of violations discovered.
The investigation remains open during this period, pending review by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. Because the investigation is ongoing, names of establishments issued a notice of violation will not be released at this time. Each BLCE district office posts a monthly public information release that includes details on citations issued by that office.
Compliance checks are unannounced and can occur anywhere in the commonwealth, although the focus is on areas experiencing higher coronavirus transmission rates.