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Davidson adopts new late-night alcohol restrictions

Mecklenburg County, in conjunction with Charlotte, 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 today and remain in effect while North Carolina remains in Phase Two of the state’s “Stay Safer at Home” Order that is currently effective until Aug. 7.

Late-night alcohol sales are permitted in Cornelius and Huntersville.

“Our most recent data show an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among young adults,” said Mecklenburg County Deputy Health Director Dr. Raynard Washington. “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,” Raynard said. “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 11pm and 5 am.
  • Restaurants may continue drive through, delivery, and/or pick-up services after 11 pm 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 pm and 7 am and no customers shall be present for onsite consumption of alcohol between 11 pm and 7am.
  • 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 pm and 5 am.
  • No offsite table service for the consumption of food and beverages by restaurants, private clubs and other food and beverage service businesses between 11 pm and 5 am.
  • 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 25 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.)

Restrictions do not apply to alcohol sold at convenience or grocery stores, wine and liquor stores, or retail business.

Discussion

One Response to “Davidson adopts new late-night alcohol restrictions”

  1. Too bad Cornelius leaders do not have the good sense to goin the alcohol restrictions. But then I guess that we are willing to risk most anything for the sake of the economy, even drunks driving on our streets after 10 pm.

    Posted by Kenneth C Schammel | July 23, 2020, 4:29 pm

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