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State Store Resuming In-Person Operations


The Fine Wine and Good Spirits store in Newtown Borough. Credit: Tom Sofield/NewtownPANow.com

The Newtown-area’s liquor store reopened for in-person sales on Friday.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said the majority of Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores were reopening for “limited in-store public access” as Bucks County moved to the “yellow” phase of the state COVID-19 mitigation plan.

As of Friday, 525 of the nearly 600 Fine Wine and Good Spirits across the state were allowing some in-person shopping. Previously, some online shopping and curbside pickup has been available.

The state said the location on State Street reopened for in-person service on Friday.

Stores were sanitized and plastic shields were installed at cash registers to create a physical barrier between employees and customers at checkout, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said.

The following mitigation efforts will be in place as these stores resume limited in-store public access:

  • Stores will limit the number of customers in a store at any time, allowing no more than 25 people (employees and customers) in any location and further restricting numbers of customers in smaller stores.
  • The first hour each store is open each day will be reserved for customers at high risk for COVID-19, including those 65 years of age and older. Voluntary compliance from all customers is encouraged in the interest of protecting the health and safety of our most vulnerable community members.
  • Customers and employees will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing, guided by signage throughout the stores.
  • Signage will also direct customers to follow one-way patterns to avoid cross-traffic and encourage them to refrain from touching products unless they intend to buy them.
  • Store employees will perform enhanced and frequent cleaning and disinfecting, and store hours will be modified to ensure appropriate time for cleaning and restocking.
  • All sales are final, and no returns will be accepted until further notice.

Fine Wine and Good Spirits will update store hours and status information on their website.

Between April and Thursday, the state sold more than $92.4 million in wine and spirits through curbside and online sales.


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