NC Bars & Restaurants Will Be Able To Seat More People And Stay Open Longer

CHARLOTTE, NC. — Governor Roy Cooper is easing COVID restrictions in North Carolina. For the first time in 11 months, people will be allowed to sit inside a private bar with 30% capacity. Restaurants, breweries, and wineries can operate at 50% capacity.

“It’s absolutely unfair to two restaurant bars, brewery bars, hotel bars with a different set of rules that you treat private bars,” says President of the North Carolina Bar & Tavern Association Zack Medford.

The association has lobbied for months to get people back in bars; they even filed a lawsuit. Medford had to permanently close two of his three bars because of the pandemic.

“This decision has been a long time coming. We wish it had been made months ago.”

The last call will be a little later.  You will be able to drink on-site until 11 pm, instead of 9 pm. A game-changer says Jackie Deloach, owner of Hattie’s Tap & Tavern.

“It’s huge for us to be able to have people after 9 o’clock. That 9 to 11 is usually our make or break it point, so this is something really good for all bars in North Carolina right now,” says Deloach.

Deloach says it finally feels like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

“It has a lot to do with our community and our neighbors and the people that support us.”