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Scranton Orders Businesses Without Water To Stop Serving Food

The city of Scranton has ordered any bar/restaurant without running water to stop serving food immediately.
There is a major announcement from the city of Scranton involving its bars and restaurants. The city released the following statement late Friday: 

Due to the recent water main break that has affected multiple sections of the City of Scranton, the Department of Licensing, Inspections & Permits issues the following directive, effective immediately, to all bars and food facility operators in the affected areas which are without running water:

1.       Immediately cease and discontinue all food service operations;

2.       Cold beverages may be served if, and only if, they are served in a plastic container, no glassware is to be used; (This exception does not apply to the service of coffee or other hot beverages as they require the use of running water.) and,

3.       Any bar or food facility operator that wishes to remain open, while it is without running water, must procure portable toilets (i.e. Porta-Johns) with hand sanitizing products.   

The City of Scranton is issuing this directive pursuant to section 46.1144 (5) of the Pennsylvania Food Code, which states in pertinent part, that a food facility operator shall immediately discontinue operations if an imminent health hazard may exist because of extended interruption of water service.

This directive shall remain in effect until such time as running water service is restored to the affected areas.   

The order comes at a time when many businesses are expecting one of their busiest weekends.

The dining room at Matarazzo's Pizza in South Scranton was empty Friday. 

Without running water, the business was only able to serve take-out orders during the afternoon.

"It's making it a little rough for us. We had to get portable water transported to us so we'd be able to function, clean dishes," employee Jeff Rosario said.

The big concern is Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday, the busiest day of the year.

"If the water main is not fixed by then we're not going to be able to have the business that we usually have," Rosario said.

Bella Pizza and Pasta House on Pittston Avenue is one of the lucky places. They have water and are open. Owners say that is a blessing as Sunday approaches.

"We are catering a very large party for 500 people at Riverfront Sports so that's our big venue for the weekend and it's going to keep us busy all weekend so without water it would have been a problem," owner Melony Miner said.

For customers like Anneesaa Craig who lost water, having a place to go is the blessing.

"I couldn't even take a shower. That's what I'm upset about," Craig said.

While not gearing up for Super Bowl sales, the owner of Madzin's Market are also coping with the loss of water. They got 200 gallons delivered Friday morning.

Workers from Over the Hill Dairy in Avoca made the trip specifically so the market will have water for the weekend.

"Usually we never deliver water and if they do order water, it will only be four or eight gallons," employee Christopher Cary said. 

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