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PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) – A weekend that’s been long in coming for many businesses across the commonwealth. The easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Governor Wolf’s pandemic restrictions have taken a toll on businesses. Some say there is now light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel.

As you can see, Pete has been sitting here for some time now. He’s the running joke here at Plains Pub. He even has this little sign next to him that says he’s still waiting for bars to reopen.

Well, Pete. Your wish is the governor’s command.

“Just do your part, wear your mask, get the vaccine. Come out, enjoy it, support everybody. But, it should be 100% by now,” said John Alfano, a customer at Plains Pub.

In two days, restaurants can finally resume bar service and serve alcohol without requiring customers to purchase food.

The curfew for removing alcohol from tables will also be lifted. And indoor dining capacity will be raised to 75% at restaurants that self-certify.

“During the pandemic when you weren’t allowed to come in, it was at least once a week, I’d order some wings, take them home, enjoy them,” said Alfano.

He says it was usually over an hour wait, but he didn’t care because, at the end of the day, they were still open.

“Thank God for our loyal support. From the Plains community, from Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke, Scranton, Clarks Summit. Everyone has been supporting us ridiculously and if it weren’t for them we wouldn’t be here,” said Kim Krupovich, manager and bartender at Plains Pub.

She says she never thought we’d still be here in April of 2021.

“No, at first it was a month or two, then three months then six months and then it’s like okay guys,” said Krupovich.

Despite what it would do to her business, she says her customers’ health was always her first priority.

“It was a crazy pandemic, it was a crazy situation. We don’t take it lightly. We want to make sure everyone is safe and healthy. That’s number one,” said Krupovich.

Well Pete, you won’t be lonely for long. Your friends can finally join you back at the bar in two days.

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