UPDATED AUGUST 31, 2020 – Today Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 162, extending the July 23 ban on alcohol sales after 11 pm until Friday, October 2, 2020. “North Carolina has made good progress stabilizing our COVID-19 numbers, and this order will help us continue it,” said Governor Cooper. “Now is the time to continue staying cautious and vigilant as we work to beat this pandemic.”
The order’s restrictions apply to the unincorporated parts of Mecklenburg County, the city of Charlotte, and the towns of Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville, and Davidson. Violators of the county order could be charged with a class-2 misdemeanor. Local law enforcement agencies will enforce the order, which will be in effective until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 2. The order could be rescinded earlier or extended past that date, depending on Mecklenburg County coronavirus-transmission data.
The extension of the order makes no changes to the original ban: While restaurants may continue offering food delivery or pick-up after 11 p.m., they may not serve on-site customers between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Restaurants may not allow customers to eat or drink while standing or sitting at bar counters. Games that involve sharing equipment, like pool, darts, and pinball machines, are also prohibited until October 2. The business restrictions outlined in the proclamation include:
The restrictions do not apply to alcohol sold at convenience or grocery stores, wine and liquor stores, or retail business.