COVID-19 Violation; Health Department CLOSES Young Men Republican Club of Allegheny County

COVID-19 Violation; Health Department CLOSES Young Men Republican Club of Allegheny County

Pittsburgh, PA

Young Men Republican Club of Allegheny County

631 Suismon Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The Allegheny County Health Department’s Food Safety Program conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 7/13/2020 following receipt of a complaint. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Young Men Republican Club of Allegheny County was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. The Department cited one administrative violation relating to COVID-19.

The club was closed according to a statement by the Allegheny Health Department saying:

The subject facility ordered to close for at least 7 days pending compliance. An inspection was performed in response to a complaint for failure to comply with orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The facility was found open and operating with indoor food and beverage service; Bartender not effectively wearing a mask/face covering; Patrons seated at bar; Tables and seats inadequately spaced.

The Allegheny County Health Department did not close the Walmart in Bethel Park on the same day when told the store is not enforcing COVID-19 requirements.

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

* 330.1(B) Open and operating, serving drinks inside premises. Nine customers drinking,
consuming food, and playing pool. Bartender wearing mask under nose. Patrons consuming
beverages while seated at bar; Tables and chairs spaced less than six feet apart; No indication
of reduced capacity and restriction of seating.
* 337.1
* PA Disease Prevention and Control Law, Section 521.5
* “Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Universal Face
Coverings, dated July 1, 2020”
* Order of the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department to help prevent the spread of
Covid-19, Jul 8, 2020.
* Permitted establishment operating as normal. 25 people indoor maximum only applies to
personal social gatherings and events.
* Kitchen has been remodeled without submitting plans (new two bowl sink, new gas stove and
deep fryer with no hood, two refrigerators)**

**The Pennsylvania Chronicle reprints the section above exactly as it appeared in the report. We take no position on the Department’s action, we only report it. We note the Walmart in Bethel Hill has stated to inspectors they, “are allowing customers to enter and shop unmasked”

Health Department dings Walmart in Bethel Park; “allowing customers to enter and shop unmasked,” Employees with masks under their nose