Dozens of revelers dressed in green defied health experts’ coronavirus warnings to use social distancing to protect themselves and still went out for a night on the town in downtown Harrisburg.
Still, it appeared none of the city’s most popular bars on 2nd Street were packed with as many patrons as one would normally expect for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend 2020.
Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have held daily press conferences updating commonwealth residents on the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus here.
As of Saturday, there are 47 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in Pennsylvania, including three from Cumberland County.
Wolf and his administration continue to communicate that it’s best to reduce the risk of getting the virus by practicing good hygiene and avoiding large gatherings.
The governor has called for tougher measures in the Philadelphia suburbs. Wolf has asked for non-essential businesses – including bars, clubs and concert venues – to shut down in Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Bucks counties.
So far, he hasn’t called for such sweeping measures throughout the commonwealth, although he has asked residents to limit trips and stay away from big crowds to protect themselves and limit the spread of the virus.
Restaurant owners around the Harrisburg area are taking measures to protect their staff and customers. At Mangia Qui and Rubicon restaurants in Harrisburg, groups of diners are being spread out to avoid close contact in dining rooms, said Staci Basore, co-owner.
Basore told PennLive food writer Sue Gleiter that about 17 scheduled event such as fundraisers have been canceled at the restaurants. Other restaurant owners say they are seeing consumers postpone planned events.
“I really anticipate it to be difficult through March and April, and quite frankly my concern lies with my staff,” Basore said.
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