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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: March 6, 2024 10:25 AM
From: Representative Mindy Fee and Rep. Daniel J. Deasy
To: All House members
Subject: Outdoor Seating Provisions
In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation to make permanent the outdoor COVID-19 dining provisions that are set to expire at the end of this year.

By way of background, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) provided flexibility in response to the pandemic. Furthermore, the General Assembly codified changes in outdoor dining to provide our licensee community with flexibility and to encourage safety.
These changes included allowing the PLCB to extend the licensed premises of an applicant to include any outside serving area that is:
  • immediately adjacent to the existing licensed areas; or

  • within one thousand feet of the main licensed building, notwithstanding that the area to be temporarily licensed and the main licensed building are separated by a public thoroughfare.
With these provisions set to expire we believe making these changes permanent will allow our licensed community to continue recovering from the pandemic, as well as providing our constituents with a greater level of safety and options in their dining preferences.
Thank you for consideration of our legislation.

Introduced as HB2187