Town Joins County Effort, Adopts New Late-Night Alcohol Restrictions
Mecklenburg County, in conjunction with the City of Charlotte and the towns of Davidson, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville, announced a joint proclamation with additional business restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions go into effect tomorrow after it is posted on MeckNC.gov, and the towns’ websites. It will remain in effect while North Carolina remains in Phase Two of the state’s “Stay Safer at Home” Order that is currently effective until August 7, 2020.
“Our most recent data show an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among young adults. We received reports and evidence of large numbers of mostly younger residents gathering in various establishments with no face coverings or social distancing. This is not conducive to slowing the spread of this virus,” said Mecklenburg County Deputy Health Director, Dr. Raynard Washington. “This thoughtful, carefully constructed approach will lessen the opportunity for our residents to put themselves and their loved ones in harm’s way.”
The business restrictions outlined in the proclamation include:
- Restaurants serving only food and non-alcoholic beverages may continue to operate during advertised hours provided all requirements for social distancing and mask wearing are followed.
- Restaurants and private clubs serving food and alcohol shall be closed to onsite consumption of food and beverages and no customers shall be present for the onsite consumption of food and beverages between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
- Restaurants may continue drive through, delivery, and/or pick-up services after 11 p.m. so long as there is no onsite consumption of food and beverages.
- Restaurants, breweries, wine shops, private clubs, bars, and any other business or organization that are permitted to sell alcohol for onsite customers may not sell alcohol between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. and no customers shall be present for onsite consumption of alcohol between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
- Restaurants, private clubs and other food and beverage service businesses may not provide onsite outdoor table service for the consumption of food or alcoholic beverages in Mecklenburg County, City of Charlotte, and the Towns of Davidson, Matthews, Mint Hill or Pineville between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
- No offsite table service for the consumption of food and beverages by restaurants, private clubs and other food and beverage service businesses between 11p.m. and 5 a.m.
- No sitting or standing at bars for food and beverage consumption at restaurants, bars or other food and beverage service businesses.
- Restaurants, private clubs, bars and other food and beverage service businesses should NOT allow customers and patrons to touch shared surfaces such as bar counters or game equipment like pool tables, darts, pinball machines, or any other such game equipment that requires social touching of the game equipment.
- All outdoor activities, gatherings, or events of more than twenty-five people are prohibited. (Worship services, religious and spiritual gatherings, funeral ceremonies, wedding ceremonies, and gatherings for health and safety, for work, to obtain food, or to obtain government services are exempt from this section.)
The restrictions do not apply to alcohol sold at convenience or grocery stores, wine and liquor stores, or retail business.
It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like MCPH, CDC and NCDHHS. The best resource for information about COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County is the County’s website, MeckNC.gov. Individuals can also call the County’s COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.
For more information, please visit the County’s website, MeckNC.gov, the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and NCDHHS’ website at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, which will also include future positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina.