Pennsylvania will suspend the sale of alcohol at restaurants and bars the night before Thanksgiving, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced on Monday.
The suspension will be in effect from 5 p.m. ET Nov. 25 until 8 a.m. ET Nov. 26 , Levine said.
“It turns out that the biggest day for drinking is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “When people get together in that situation, it leads to an increase in the exchange of fluids, that leads to an increase in infection.”
The state reported that there were 7,075 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, and 4,762 on Sunday, with 41 and 28 deaths respectively.
There are 3,379 Pennsylvanians hospitalized with coronavirus, with 775 of those in intensive care units. The state's seven-day positivity rate from Nov. 13 through Nov. 19 was 11.1 percent, according to Levine.
"Transmission of Covid-19 is reaching new heights that we have not yet encountered," Levine said.
Levine and Wolf also announced a new stay-at-home advisory for residents starting Monday, though they took pains to clarify that it was a not a not shut-down order.
Indoor dining remains at 25 to 50%, while retail can continue at 75%, Levine said. Gyms, salons and other personal care businesses can continue to operate at 50%.
Beginning Nov. 27, businesses must allow employees to work from home. Large gatherings are reduced, with prohibitions against events with more than 500 people indoors or 2,500 outdoors, according to Levine.