New Concerns About COVID Spread at Gatherings as Cases Rise

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The state is issuing a warning letter to a South End restaurant after video shows a crowd dancing inside, with few wearing masks.

It comes as county health leaders put more emphasis on avoiding gatherings.

Panthers cornerback Josh Hawkins, who has now been released, and other people are seen dancing inside Nikko Japanese Restaurant on Saturday night.

“We need people to understand the responsibility they have in preventing further spread by avoiding these gatherings,” Mecklenburg Co. Health Director Gibbie Harris told County Commissioners on Tuesday night.

Harris says Mecklenburg has seen an average of 184 new cases each day over the past two weeks.

That’s an increase.

More people are in the hospital too, with an average 114 daily COVID admissions over the past 14 days.

“There was a large party at a restaurant involving health care workers that resulted in some cases, there was a large house party involving high school students,” Harris said.