Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Legislation to loosen Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions on Pennsylvania’s bars and restaurants easily passed the state Senate.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 43 to 6 for a bill Tuesday that ends the requirement that customers buy food in order to purchase alcohol and permits patrons to be served drinks at the bar. It also permits taverns and restaurants to operate at 50% capacity, or more if they can meet state and federal social distancing standards or erect appropriate barriers, and makes it easier for restaurants to adapt adjacent outside areas to serve customers.

The bill goes to the House vote before it can go to Wolf, a Democrat. Wolf's office says he'll veto the proposal if it reaches him in its current form.

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