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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board: Wine and liquor stores to stay closed, beer distributors can stay open
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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board: Wine and liquor stores to stay closed, beer distributors can stay open

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has begun boarding up some of its now-closed wine and liquor stores, and advised beer distributors that they are free to remain open.

The agency said it is evaluating its roughly 600 store locations on a case-by-case basis as a precaution. It has boarded up under two dozen stores, based on their history of break-ins, the agency said.

Separately, liquor industry trade groups are urging Wolf to reopen state-run liquor stores that have shut down due to the virus, or consider alternatives to closure.

In a letter to Wolf, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and the American Distilled Spirits Association noted that Pennsylvania is the only state to shutter all its liquor stores.

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board shuttered stores as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, saying in a statement "it is critical that we all do our part to mitigate the impact of COVID-19,” the illness caused by the virus.

A spokeswoman said Thursday that the agency is not, for now, reconsidering the decision to close the stores. Distilleries are free to sell their own products for off-premises consumption, the agency has said.

Wolf's administration, meanwhile, has promised a crackdown on bars and restaurants that fail to adhere to Wolf's order to stop serving food and drink on-site, but they are also free to sell wine and beer to-go.

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