Pittsburgh places new restrictions on bars amid COVID-19 surge

Pittsburgh area bars and taverns must stop serving alcohol onsite effective Tuesday as confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County rise.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen issued the order Friday after recording 393 new cases last week. Bogen said positive test rates climbed from less than 2 percent to more than 6 percent as of Friday.

“We’re going the wrong direction,” Fitzgerald said. “While most residents and businesses have been following the rules, these requirements and mitigation measures address the hot spots that have been identified during case investigations.”

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