PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) —
Philadelphia City Council will hold hearings Monday on “Stop and Go” legislation that is drawing criticism from some store merchants.
Part of the bill will require store owners to take down Plexiglas windows in establishments
Hundreds of merchants have raised concern, saying that is a safety issue. They plan to protest at the hearing.
Councilwoman Cindy Bass, the sponsor of the bill, says these delis, known as “Stop and Go’s,” have long been operating as restaurants, but in fact mainly serve beer.
She wants them to meet state law minimum requirements, including serving hot food, have seating for 30, and access to bathrooms. She says the Plexiglas barriers also are disrespectful to customers, treating them as criminals rather than consumers.
Last month, Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation that gives the state’s liquor control more authority to shut down bad actors.
Bass’ resolution will also tighten the city’s requirements to get a liquor license.
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