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The Allegheny County Health Department is reminding fish fry sponsors that they must have a valid health permit to operate.
A spokesman said churches, fire departments or other organizations that do not already have a valid health permit will need to complete a temporary permit application and provide the permit fee to the Health Department.
All fish fries allowing in-person dining must follow COVID-19 safety requirements and guidance for restaurants from the state.
The requirements include but are not limited to:
• Restricting indoor dining capacity to 50 percent if a facility has completed the state’s self-certification process or 25 percent if it has not;
• Requiring any outdoor seating area to have two open sides;
• Requiring employees wear face coverings at all times and requiring customers wear face coverings except when seated at their own tables;
• Spacing parties at least six feet apart and prohibiting bar or counter seating, and
• Only serving alcohol with food and ending alcohol sales by 11 p.m. and alcohol consumption by 12 midnight.
Fish fries are strongly encouraged to offer take-out service and online or phone orders to limit crowds and possible exposure to COVID-19, said Aaron Auperlee, health department spokesman.
The temporary permit application can be found on the Health Department’s website for seasonal or temporary food facilities. The application contains a checklist for applicants that includes a COVID-19 Prevention Checklist intended to help fish fries operate in accordance with required and suggested safety protocols. The checklist must be completed for a fish fry to receive a temporary permit.
The fee for a temporary permit is $47 and should be included with the application. Only checks and money orders will be accepted, must be made payable to Treasurer of Allegheny County, and should be mailed to: ACHD Food Safety Program, 2121 Noblestown Road, Suite 210, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
Anyone with questions or needing more information may also contact the department by phone at (412) 578-8044, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published February 05, 2021.