Large Gatherings Prohibited, Restaurants And Bars Closed Across The Carolinas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris signed an order on Monday, banning gatherings of 50 or more people in Mecklenburg County. This overrides the state order which bans gatherings of 100 or more people and echos Sunday’s recommendation from the CDC.

NC Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all restaurants and bars to close from 5 PM Tuesday. Take-out and delivery options are still permitted.

SC Governor Henry McMaster has ordered all restaurants and bars to close from Wednesday. Take-out and delivery options are still permitted. McMaster also prohibited all gatherings of 50 or more across South Carolina.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order Saturday to stop mass gatherings of more than 100 people across the state, halting almost all remaining events that hadn’t already pulled the plug or postponed to a later date. This order did not affect retail or restaurants but the NC Department of Health and Human Services emphasized avoiding crowds and the need for social distancing. Governor Cooper also announced the closing of all public schools across the state, starting March 16th for at least 2 weeks.

While there was no direct mention of churches falling under the same order, many have canceled services with some moving their services online.

Further to Governor Cooper’s state order, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a dramatic recommendation on Sunday: Because large events can fuel the spread of the disease, it said gatherings of 50 people or more should be canceled or postponed throughout the country for the next eight weeks. It added that, at any event, people should take proper precautions, including handwashing and keeping one’s distance. This recommendation did not apply to businesses or schools.

During Monday’s White House Coronavirus Response Briefing, President Donald Trump recommended people do not gather in groups of 10 or more – the lowest number issued from any official, outside of self-isolating.

Health officials strongly recommend people avoid large gatherings to limit the spread of the coronavirus, many events across the country, including here in Charlotte and the surrounding areas, are being canceled or postponed.  Scroll down for business closings, Charlotte area eventsnational events, and other related announcements.

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This article will be updated as new information becomes available.