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Some easing helps, but let us fight the fight … together

In what we would call welcome news, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that beginning Sept. 21, restaurants will be permitted to increase how many indoor, dine-in customers may be served at one time — moving back to 50% of “normal” capacity or exactly what it was when the takeout-only restriction was first lifted.

However, that’s provided the establishment’s owners self-certify with the state as complying with certain regulations.

As we have highlighted, local restaurants and eateries throughout the Commonwealth have struggled to make ends meet while adhering to the restrictions.

Some have decided it doesn’t make economic sense to be open when they can serve so few people.

We hope that being allowed a 50% capacity will provide some relief and make it viable for more to be open, but that certainly doesn’t mean restaurant owners are out of the woods yet, not by a long shot.

In fact, if you’re a bar owner who doesn’t serve food, you’re still not even allowed to so much as welcome a single paying customer into your building.

If you’re a restaurant owner who also sells alcohol, no transactions involving wine, liquor or beer may take place after 10 p.m., which means you’ll miss out on a significant amount of sales that normally occur after that hour.

Despite the imminent relaxation of some rules, make no mistake, the governor is still essentially asking bar and restaurant owners to try and turn a profit with one hand tied behind their back.

We have said in this space how the governor needs to ease restrictions and let business owners and patons be smart and use their smarts to keep safe.

We can fight this virus, but only if we do it together.

We urge our readers to be smart and help businesses be smart, too.

Just one person not wearing a mask when asked by a business can push us backward.

Help your local eatery or store stay in business.

If you are grateful for our local businesses, please give them the opportunity show they are grateful for yours.

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