Allegheny County health officials are urging people to wear their masks in public places, now that the CDC has designated the county as having a “high” level of COVID-19 community spread.
Because of the elevated level, masks are recommended indoors, including in restaurants.
“It’s just really tough. After everything the restaurants have gone through over the past two years, any number in the road like this could spell doom for them,” Ben Fileccia with the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association told Channel 11.
Fileccia said each restaurant can determine its own COVID-19 protocols.
“It’s really up to each individual restaurant. I was just dining at a restaurant in Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago, and they were still requiring proof of vaccine to come inside. Each restaurant is equipped to make their own decision for their staff and guests,” he added.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust made its own decision after the increase in cases.
Starting June 1, masks will be required at all indoor events. Proof of vaccine will be determined per event and set by the artist or promoters.
The hope is for people to stay safe, keep businesses afloat, and still maintain a sense of normalcy.
“We really encourage you to dine in your restaurants. If you’re not comfortable inside, find one of those great outdoor options, but keep supporting these restaurants. They need it more than ever,” Fileccia said.
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