People speak out after mayor says Raleigh to end alcohol sales at 11 pm

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh’s mayor said she will sign an executive order next week that will ban the sale of alcohol after 11 p.m.

Mayor Mary Ann Baldwin told CBS 17 she plans to sign the order Monday but details are still being worked out.

“When people have had alcohol and whatnot, they don’t make as good a choice,” Baldwin said.

Some business owners in Raleigh got ahead of the decree and made their last calls early on Friday evening.

“We just want to do our part,” said Southern Charred owner Matt Kenner.

Raleigh Beer Garden owner Carlos Rivers added: “If this little bit we can do now helps, then we’re going to give it a shot.”

Video from a few weeks ago showed large crowds and few masks in Glenwood South.

“We’re a restaurant. We’ve never had security guards or bouncers, but now we do. We call them social-distancing enforcers,” Kenner said.

“It’s not just Glenwood South. There are other places in the city where we’re receiving complaints from people not wearing masks. They’re crowding into places. This order will address the whole city,” Baldwin said.

Raleigh joins Orange County in cutting off alcohol sales early.

In Orange County, an amended declaration of emergency put an end to alcohol sales at restaurants, breweries, and wine shops at 10 p.m. last week.

Mecklenburg County said it plans to cut it off, too.

The ban comes as North Carolina sees an increase in cases of COVID-19. As of Friday, there are 95,477 lab-confirmed cases of the virus across the state, state health officials said.

Wake County has 8,345 cases – second most in the state behind Mecklenburg County’s 16,657.

On July 10, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster banned alcohol sales at bars, restaurants after 11 p.m.

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