Preparations Underway For Loosened COVID Restrictions Across NC

CHARLOTTE, NC. —   Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris is urging the community to stay cautious. She says despite Governor Roy Cooper loosening COVID restrictions across the state, the level of virus in Mecklenburg County is still high.

“But my other concern is that people will take these openings as the opportunity to just get out and do whatever they want to, and hopefully, that’s not going to happen,” says Harris.

Starting Friday night, bars are allowed to have people inside for the first time in 11 months at 30% capacity. Restaurants at 50% capacity. The last call will be a little later. You will be able to drink on-site until 11 pm instead of 9 pm.

“I anticipate that we will see some additional complaints, concerns be invoiced. Our COVID ambassadors are poised and ready for this weekend as I know Law-enforcement is.”

Harris says the county has been having conversations with the COVID ambassadors and law-enforcement about how they divide and conquer, working through some of the concerns that may be voiced. WCCB Charlotte’s Alexandra Elich asked CMPD how it plans to enforce the new order.

A spokesperson tells WCCB:

CMPD’s efforts will remain the same in that we work towards voluntary compliance with each member of the community through education and conversations, only resorting to citations and/or arrests as a last-measure.  This has been the CMPD’s approach to consistent enforcement of the orders, and it will remain so until the orders are rescinded.