Close to 40 Pennsylvania Restaurants ordered to shut down for defying Gov. Wolf’s indoor dining ban

Close to 40 restaurants in Pennsylvania have been ordered to shut down for defying Governor Tom Wolf’s order banning indoor dining due to the pandemic.

PennLive reported the PA Department of Agriculture announced the restaurants would be closed for allowing patrons to eat indoors, in violation of Wolf’s order from about two weeks ago.

The report added restaurants that continue to defy ordres to close will be referred to the PA Department of Health for further legal action.

According to Fox News “Shelby Reitz, the 230 Cafe co-owner, said the restaurant stayed open for sit-down service through Thursday, to financially help employees through Christmas Day, the report said. Starting Sunday, Reitz said the cafe will be open for takeout only through Jan. 4.”

Reitz said “our major concern was our employees getting to Christmas. None of this had to be with the politics of it. What’s important to me are my employees, family and customers.”

Shannon Powers, a Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said “the 40 restaurants closed by order represent a tiny subset of the more than 40,000 retail food businesses licensed and inspected by the department, a number that doesn’t include the state’s most populous cities and counties whose health departments inspect restaurants.”

Earlier this month, Fox 29 Philadelphia reported on the Proper Brewing company, a restaurant defying the indoor dining ban.