PLCB Clarifies Definition of a Meal

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board on Wednesday issued rule clarifications for bars and restaurants — including what constitutes a meal when serving alcohol — in response to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state.

The board emphasized that the sale of alcohol for on-premise consumption is only allowed with a meal that is prepared on premises and sufficient to be considered breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

The board said snacks such as pretzels, chips, popcorn, or similar food do not meet the definition of a meal.

Additional drinks may be purchased while a customer is consuming a meal but not afterward. Bar service of food or alcohol is prohibited.

For places such as breweries, distilleries, and wineries, meals may be provided by the licensee or by a third party such as a food truck.

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