‘The “Pennsylvania Opening Businesses/Defying the Governor” group’


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Taste of Sicily manager Mike Mangano told PennLive on Thursday the family business follows all of the regulations for safe food handling and sanitation, but the governor’s orders — which Taste of Sicily violated in the spring, as well — would put his restaurant out of business.

“We don’t care what the governor says or does,” Mangano said. “We already got $10,000 in fines. We might as well rack up some more.”

Some Pa. restaurants defy indoor-dining ban, others comply with takeout, outdoor seating

Updated Dec 13, 2020; Posted Dec 13, 2020

By Steve Marroni | smarroni@pennlive.com

A Facebook page intended to let diners know what restaurants are open across the state amid the pandemic has grown to more than 30,000 members in recent days.

The “Pennsylvania Opening Businesses/Defying the Governor” group rose in the wake of Gov. Tom Wolf’s most recent coronavirus-prompted restrictions that include a ban on indoor dining through the holidays – a crucial time for many restaurants.

Along with much commentary on the restrictions, the page also features a growing list of more than 100 restaurants around the state that posters say are open.

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At least four restaurants in the area quickly announced on their social media pages they intend to defy the order. Taste of Sicily and Babe’s Grill House in Palmyra, along with Kuppy’s Diner in Middletown and Fenicci’s of Hershey have all announced those intentions.

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Taste of Sicily manager Mike Mangano told PennLive on Thursday the family business follows all of the regulations for safe food handling and sanitation, but the governor’s orders — which Taste of Sicily violated in the spring, as well — would put his restaurant out of business.

“We don’t care what the governor says or does,” Mangano said. “We already got $10,000 in fines. We might as well rack up some more.”

He added, “Every free-thinking, freedom-loving American has the right to patronize Taste of Sicily, or they don’t have to patronize Taste of Sicily.”

He said they will serve whoever comes through the door.

Other area restaurants that appear on the list include The Manor Restaurant and Lounge in West Hanover Township. A post on their Facebook page states “We’re open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday for indoor dining, takeout and curbside pickup.”

Pete Zoumas, who has owned The Manor since 2012, said Sunday he is defying the governor, and in doing so, it has been a busy weekend. When he first heard about the announcement on Thursday he knew right away that he was not going to comply. That he couldn’t comply.

“I can’t afford it. I have employees who rely on me and rely on The Manor to feed their kids,” Zoumas said.

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He also takes issue with what he said was a lack of notice about the restrictions from the Wolf administration, noting he had already ordered a week’s worth of food and would have been forced to throw out much of it since the restaurant is not nearly as busy when restricted to outdoor seating and take-out.

While he has heard some backlash about keeping his indoor dining going through the new restrictions, he said most of his customers have been supportive and he is appreciative of them.

“I’m just trying to support my family,” he added.

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In a statement to PennLive last week, state police, the Liquor Control Board and the departments of Agriculture, Health, State, and Labor & Industry reiterated their commitment to enforce violations, saying they are able to enforce the COVID-19-related orders because of the Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955 and the Administrative Code of 1929.

“The governor and secretary of health’s orders were issued pursuant to the authority granted to them under the law, and as such they have the force and effect of law,” the statement read. “This authority extends to all local enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania.”

Sanctions and other penalties will be issued against violators in a progressive way, with a warning to begin with, followed by more serious punishments such as fines and orders to close, according to the statement.

Along with the indoor-dining ban, Wolf imposed limits on all businesses serving the public, capping retailers, barbershops and salons and others to 50% of indoor occupancy limits. Gyms and fitness centers can offer outdoor classes but cannot offer indoor operations, and the order also closes casinos and theaters and puts a halt to scholastic sports.

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Cheri Lyons is a waitress and bartender at Greystone Public House in Harrisburg. She is devastated that her workplace has to close down.

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