Bill goes to governor to help restaurant industry



HARRISBURG — The General Assembly has passed legislation that includes language to give bars, taverns, restaurants, breweries, clubs and hotels the ability to have amplified sound outdoors, according to Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R -York).

House Bill 1615which would allow the sale of malt or brewed beverages produced by a brewery to non-licensees and to licensees who sell malt or brewed beverages, has been amended to include legislative language originally sponsored by Phillips-Hill.

As amended, House Bill 1615 would allow all liquor licensees to provide amplified sound, up to 75 decibels, Sunday through Thursday between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday between 10 a.m. and midnight. The law currently only allows wineries to have amplified sound.

“These common-sense approaches will help an industry that has been devastated by the massive economic shutdown that these local businesses and their employees have had to endure,” Phillips-Hill said. “We are grateful for the swift passage of the amended bill, which will provide a major boost over these summer months to small businesses in York County and our Commonwealth.”

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Cecil N. Messick