Carolinas to Close Bars and Restaurants for Dine-in Customers


Update: South Carolina also closing restaurant dining rooms

In the wake of North Carolina's decision to close restaurant dining rooms Tuesday, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has announced the closure of restaurant dining rooms in his state effected Wednesday. Take-out and carry-out services will remain open.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced that he will order all bars and restaurants to close for dine-in guests at 5 p.m. Tuesday to help stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. 

Businesses will still be allowed to process takeout and delivery orders. The executive order also includes an expansion of unemployment benefits to help workers affected by coronavirus. 

The White House is urging people to practice even stricter social distancing, telling Americans to limit their gatherings to fewer than 10 people to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus. 

The message was delivered as the number of cases continues to rise in the Carolinas. There are now 40 confirmed cases in North Carolina, including seven in Mecklenburg County. There are also 33 confirmed cases in South Carolina at this time. 

Visit WCNC for more details.

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