Allegheny County Businesses Not Following COVID Rules Will Be Posted Online

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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Allegheny County will soon be posting what businesses are following proper COVID-19 mitigation protocols and what ones are not.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has announced a “COVID Field Response Team” will begin work on Thursday.

Along with the county manager, team members will visit businesses in the community to see if businesses are following safety guidelines including the state’s universal masking orders, restaurant mitigation efforts, occupancy restrictions and physical distancing guidelines.

Reports will be completed and the name of the business, date of visit and copy of the checklist report will be posted on the county’s website “so the public can see which businesses are working hard to keep everybody safe,” said Fitzgerald.

Visits, at first, will be to bars and restaurants that the county has received complaints about not following guidelines made to the department.

If a team member witnesses protocols not being followed, and inspection will take place by the county and could result in an establishment being shutdown.

COVID Response Team Members will be looking for the following:

  • Tables spaced far enough to allow for physical distancing
  • Employees and customers wearing masks
  • Dine-In capacity at 25 percent or less
  • No bar seating and no smoking
  • Dine-in serving until 11 p.m. only
  • Proper signage posted throughout the restaurant.

Fitzgerald adds he doesn’t want to punish restaurants and bars but they need to keep the public safe.

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