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Pa. resumes selling liquor online briefly before website shuts down due to ‘overwhelming demand’

It has been about two weeks since liquor stores closed across Pennsylvania, and state officials announced they would start selling it online.

Customers were directed to to purchase liquor and have it delivered. However, the online store was shut down soon after due to “overwhelming demand.”

Now, customers are greeted with this message when trying to access the website.

In the release, officials did say that access to the site will be “randomized to avoid overwhelming the site with high traffic, prevent order abuse and prolong access throughout the day, so that order availability isn’t exhausted in seconds or minutes each day.”

Customers can purchase up to six bottles per transaction from a reduced catalog. All orders must be shipped to home or non-store addresses, and only one order per address will be fulfilled per day.

Below is more information from state officials:

“We expect consumer interest and site traffic to exceed what we’ll be able to fulfill, at least initially, so we ask that customers be patient and understand that the PLCB Is doing the best it can under extraordinary circumstances to balance consumer demand and public health,” said Board Chairman Tim Holden.

“The PLCB will be fulfilling orders from various facilities and is implementing public health best practices like facility sanitation, social distancing, and limiting the numbers of employees working in any facility at a time in an effort to protect its employees. As order fulfillment capacity increases, the PLCB will consider increasing the number of orders it takes each day.

The PLCB is not considering reopening stores at this time, although the agency continues to monitor the situation in consultation with the Wolf Administration and public health officials.”