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. As a result, 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:
The restrictions do not apply to alcohol sold at convenience or grocery stores, wine and liquor stores, or retail business.
The joint proclamation can be viewed here.A video of the media briefing is available here.
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