HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — On Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolf announced a plan to waive liquor license fees for restaurants and bars in an effort to provide financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the COVID-19 public health crisis, many restaurants and bars across the state have experienced significant financial impacts, and the plan will allow these local businesses to retain the capital they need to succeed.
According to Governor Wolf, “My administration continues to look for innovative ways that we can support the bar and restaurant industry.”
With the help of the PA Liquor Control Board, Governor Wolf intends to waive the liquor license fees through 2021, starting on Jan. 1, 2021, for more than 16,000 Pennsylvania restaurants, bars, clubs, catering clubs, and hotels. In total, they will see $20 million in financial relief.
In addition to the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program, Governor Wolf “proposed $100 million in forgivable loans and grants for the hospitality, leisure and service industries, including restaurants and bars.”