COVID-19 business restrictions now in effect for Charlotte
Ken Brown
kebrown@ci.charlotte.nc.us
7/23/2020
late night alcohol restrictions

The City of Charlotte in conjunction with Mecklenburg County, the towns of Davidson, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville have signed a joint proclamation with additional business restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions are effective immediately and 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 Aug. 7, 2020.

The proclamation is a necessary effort as evidence continues to reveal that many businesses and patrons are not taking social distancing seriously nor wearing masks consistent with the terms of the Governor's Executive Orders or the revised Joint Proclamation.

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 p.m. and 5 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 p.m. and 7 a.m. and no customers shall be present for onsite consumption of alcohol between 11 p.m. and 7 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 p.m. and 5 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 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.

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

For more COIVD-19 information, please review online resources from Mecklenburg County, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, or call the Mecklenburg County COVID-19 hotline at ‚Äč980.314.9400.