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3 Schuylkill County Restaurants Were Ordered to Close Due to COVID Violations

schuylkill county restaurants ordered to close for violating covid orders

schuylkill county restaurants ordered to close for violating covid orders

Three Schuylkill County restaurants were recently ordered to close by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture for violating shutdown orders issued to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Numerous restaurants in Schuylkill County remained open despite the shutdown orders from Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine. Those orders went into effect on Dec. 12 and were lifted on Jan. 4.

The Wolf administration presented flimsy, non-local evidence that restaurants were essentially a breeding ground for the spread of COVID-19. It just so happens that COVID-19, according to Wolf, spreads rapidly at businesses that fall under more state regulations than most others.

These are the 3 Schuylkill County restaurants that were ordered to close before the shutdown orders were lifted, according to a report from

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  • JT’s Grill & Cue, Auburn
  • Leiby’s Ice Cream House & Restaurant, Tamaqua
  • West Penn Diner, West Penn Township

The restaurants ordered to close were allowed to reopen on Jan. 4 when the shutdown orders were lifted. And many restaurants that were ordered to close for COVID violations never did, presumably willing to fight the orders in court at some point in the future.

It’s unclear if these 3 Schuylkill County restaurants that got a closure order stopped serving indoor diners.

During the period of Dec. 28-Jan. 3, Dept. of Agriculture inspectors conducted 3 COVID-related inspections on Schuylkill County restaurants, according to information released earlier this week. And the Agriculture Dept. issued these 3 closure orders.

From Dec. 21-27, the Dept. of Agriculture conducted 2 COVID-related inspections at Schuylkill County restaurants but took no actions. And between Dec. 14-20, the Dept. of Agriculture issued 7 COVID warnings to restaurants based on the inspections it conducted.

In November, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement agency issued COVID-related violations to a pair of Schuylkill County bars.


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  1. Rich Magnani

    January 9, 2021 at 7:18 am

    If ALL restaurants banded together and ALL opened, would the state close them all? Power in numbers. Everybody open up completely.

    • Virginia

      January 9, 2021 at 10:22 am

      Yes I agree, as long as we all respond like sheep, we will be treated like sheep (or worse).

  2. Virginia

    January 9, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Perhaps we must resort to ‘speak easy’ style restaurants!

  3. Ryles

    January 9, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Good riddance.

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