Due to a greater-than-expected increase in COVID-19 cases — the latest daily case count of 233 — Dr. Debra Bogen has ordered bars, restaurants, nightclubs, casinos and taverns to close for in-person operations for a full week starting Friday, July 3 at 12:01 a.m. Takeout and delivery are still permitted, as are to-go cocktails.

The Director of the Allegheny County Health Department also ordered that gatherings and events shall be limited to a maximum of 25 individuals.

“Gatherings and events include, but are not limited to, meetings, trainings, concerts, fairs, festivals, sporting events, movies, or theater performances,” according to the order published on the Allegheny County Health Department website. “This Order does not apply to religious gatherings held by churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, or other places of worship. Religious institutions remain subject to any requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.”

While the county expected the latest daily number of cases to increase, they did not expect the cases to more than double from the previous day. On Wednesday, 110 new cases were reported. The 233 cases reported yesterday set a new record. There were four additional hospitalizations and zero reported deaths.

“This is not a decision that I’ve made lightly, but I believe it’s necessary based on the new cases in the county and the community spread that is occurring,” Dr. Bogen said. “I know that people were angry and frustrated with recent developments, including the surge in cases, the prior order and recommendations as well as the state mask order.”

Yesterday, Dr. Bogen issued an order for residents to wear face masks in public spaces in Allegheny County.