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State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement December 24-27: 454 Compliance Checks; 16 Notices of Violation

12/28/2020

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement Officers visited 454 licensed liquor establishments from Thursday, December 24 through Sunday, December 27 to ensure businesses are abiding by COVID-19 mitigation requirements, including the suspension of in-person service from December 12, 2020 through January 4, 2021, as outlined in the limited-time mitigation order.

Liquor Control Enforcement Officers issued 16 notices of violation and 21 warnings for failing to follow COVID-19 requirements. 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 violation(s) discovered. The investigation remains open during this period, pending review by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (BLCE). 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.

Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement | December 24-27, 2020

ENFORCEMENT OFFICETOTAL LICENSEE CHECKSWARNINGS RELATED TO COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTSNOTICES OF VIOLATION RELATED TO COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS
1-Philadelphia6900
2-Wilkes-Barre5513
3-Harrisburg3871
4-Pittsburgh9131
5-Altoona4501
6-Williamsport3701
7-Punxsutawney5015
8-Erie810
9-Allentown6184
TOTALS4542116


Violators may face administrative citation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. Continued violations put an establishment's liquor license at risk, either through the citation process or upon application for renewal. More information is available on the enforcement page of the state police COVID-19 portal.

Complaints regarding licensees not complying with COVID-19 mitigation mandates may be directed to the BLCE at 1-800-932-0602 or reported through the BLCE's online complaint form.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Corporal Brent Miller or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556

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