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Fish Fries reminded to secure Health Permit to operate, practice COVID safety


Last updated 2/4/2021 at 8:03am

With the upcoming Lenten season, the Allegheny County Health Department is reminding fish fry sponsors that they must have a valid health permit to operate, which is a requirement for all food facilities in Allegheny County, even temporary fish fries.

Sponsors that do not already have a valid health permit will need to complete a temporary permit application and provide the permit fee to the Health Department no later than Friday, February 12, 2021, for timely review and processing.

All fish fries allowing in-person dining must follow COVID-19 safety requirements and guidance for restaurants from the state. The requirements include but are not limited to:

· Restricting indoor dining capacity to 50 percent if a facility has completed the state's self-certification process or 25 pecent if it has not;

· Requiring any outdoor seating area to have two open sides;

· Requiring employees wear face coverings at all times and requiring customers wear face coverings except when seated at their own tables;

· Spacing parties at least six (6) feet apart and prohibiting bar or counter seating, and

· Only serving alcohol with food and ending alcohol sales by 11:00 p.m. and alcohol consumption by 12:00 a.m.

Fish fries are strongly encouraged to offer take-out service and online or phone orders to limit crowds and possible exposure to COVID-19.

The temporary permit application can be found on the Health Department's website for seasonal or temporary food facilities. The application contains a checklist for applicants that includes a COVID-19 Prevention Checklist intended to help fish fries operate in accordance with required and suggested safety protocols. The checklist must be completed for a fish fry to receive a temporary permit.

The fee for a temporary permit is $47 and should be included with the application. Only checks and money orders will be accepted, must be made payable to Treasurer of Allegheny County, and should be mailed to: ACHD Food Safety Program, 2121 Noblestown Road, Suite 210, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.

Anyone with questions or needing more information may also contact the department by phone at 412-578-8044, or by emailing:


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