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Mandates Taking A Toll on Cove's Restaurants


January 28, 2021

Gary M. Baranec

Traditions restaurant has re-opened for in-person dining. Server Terri Dick recently took the order of Danny and Larue Gottlieb of Olney, Md., who stopped by for an early dinner. The Gottliebs were in the area visiting family. Restaurants like Traditions are still trying to recover from business losses following the COVID-19 shutdown.

The COVID-19 pandemic hit Pennsylvania restaurants on March 16 when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered restaurants in five counties to suspend in-door dining for an initial 14 days, and days later expanded the mandate to the rest of the state.

This left restaurants which were primarily dine-in establishments with only two choices: transition quickly to carry-out or close the doors.

In May, Gov. Wolf announced a three-phase threshold for reopening the state and counties who achieved the "green phase" were able to reopen restaurants with restrictions, including lowering capacity to allow for social distan...

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