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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 17, 2020 02:54 PM
From: Representative Matthew D. Dowling
To: All House members
Subject: Event Center Capacity Legislation
There is no question that COVID-19 has affected countless individuals and industries across this Commonwealth. Among the most severely impacted businesses are restaurants and event catering companies. These companies are vital for Pennsylvania's economy and employ thousands of Pennsylvanians. However, among the Governor's new restrictions, event venues that were built to hold hundreds are now limited to just 25 persons. These unrealistic capacity restrictions will no doubt force countless businesses to permanently close and plummet our state's economy.

This is why I intend to introduce legislation that will roll back the Governor's sever capacity policy and allow event venues to hold up 50% of their indoor seating capacity while implementing the use of applicable CDC guidance. This is commonsense legislation that will give these already struggling businesses a chance to make ends meet while also mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

With so many of our constituents on the verge of losing everything, I hope I can count on you to help save the livelihoods of thousands by co-sponsoring this legislation

Introduced as HB2832