HARRISBURG – The Senate Law and Justice Committee approved legislation that would allow restaurants, bars, taverns, breweries and hotels with outdoor seating to have music during certain hours. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill of York Co, was introduced after many locally owned businesses were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdowns. Many restaurant owners invested in and expanded their outdoor seating options to ensure the safety of customers and staff during COVID-19 restrictions. The provisions in the legislation expand outdoor music options and limitations already available to wineries to all liquor license holders, including bars, taverns, restaurants, hotels, clubs and breweries. The bill would permit license holders to have amplified sound on premises, up to 75 decibels, on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday between 10 a.m. and 12 a.m. The bill would be effective immediately. Since 2019, wineries have been allowed to have similar sound levels during certain hours. The legislation advances to the Senate for its consideration.