Bar Owners To Protest Allegheny County Drink-In Alcohol Sales Ban

Eric Heyl

PITTSBURGH, PA — Bar owners plan to protest Allegheny County's ban on on-site alcohol consumption in bars and restaurants that goes into effect Tuesday at 5 p.m. The rally is scheduled for Thursday at noon at the county courthouse.

The demonstration is being organized by John Pavlik, owner of the Xtra Innings Sports Bar and Grille in Tarentum. Pavlik said in a Facebook post that he has made signs saying "Service Industry Against PA and Allegheny County" for the demonstration.

The post had been shared nearly 500 times as of Tuesday morning.

An alarming spike in coronavirus cases prompted county officials to announce Sunday that they are prohibiting alcohol from being consumed in bars and restaurants. There were 90 new cases on Saturday and 96 on Sunday; the number dropped slightly on Monday to 83.

Bars and restaurants will still be able to offer alcoholic drinks to go.

David Vivino of the Oakmont Tavern in Oakmont said he plans to attend the protest.

"We are allowed dine in and serving Cokes," he wrote in a Facebook post. "Our great county leader feels (people) could die if they are served alcohol."

This article originally appeared on the Pittsburgh Patch