People stock up at the state-owned liquor stores before a state-ordered closure to slow the spread of the coronavirus. York Daily Record
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is back in the business of selling liquor and wine.
In limited quantities and only online.
Beginning Wednesday, April 1, residents can purchase limited quantities of product from FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com. The website will accept a controlled number of orders per day, with plans to increase order capacity over time.
At this time there is no plan to reopen the physical liquor and wine stores, which have been closed since March 17 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Customers who get through on the website will be limited to purchasing up to six bottles per transaction from a reduced catalog. All orders must be shipped to home or non-store addresses, and only one order per address will be filled per day.
“We understand the public wants to have access to wines and spirits during these unprecedented times, but we have a responsibility to mitigate community spread of this virus to ever extent possible and make sure our employees and our customers are as safe as they can be,” Board chairman Tim Holden said. “We believe that reopening FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com in a controlled manner will allow us to provide access to consumers while also protecting our employees and consumers from unnecessary risk.”
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Access to the website will be randomized to avoid overwhelming the site with high traffic, prevent order abuse and prolong access throughout the day.
“We expect consumer interest and site traffic to exceed what we’ll be able to fulfill, at least initially, so we ask that customers be patient and understand that the PLCB is doing the best it can under extraordinary circumstances to balance consumer demand and public health,” Holden said.
Shelly Stallsmith is a trends reporter for the York Daily Record. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or followed on Twitter at @ShelStallsmith.
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