Week-Long Restaurant And Bar Shutdown Could Be Extended

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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The week-long closure of restaurants and bars, with the exception of takeout service, ends Friday at midnight but will it be extended?

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald tells KDKA Radio, “and we’re still in the week shutdown, we have a couple more days till the seven day order that Dr. Bogen and her team put out and I think they’re working on what next.”

Fitzgerald says his guess is there will be some changes to the order and mentioned that outdoor dining is a safer alternative.

Fitzgerald was asked by Marty Griffin if businesses will be allowed to reopen with new restrictions and said he doesn’t know if that will be the cause and doesn’t want to give “false hope.”

On Tuesday, Allegheny County reported over 200 new COVID-19 cases for the second straight day.

26 people have been hospitalized in the past six days.

Six additional deaths were also reported on Tuesday. Those were recorded between April 5 and June 13.

After months of avoiding high numbers of infections in the area, Allegheny County is now considered the “hot spot” for COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen will address the media at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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