City of Charlotte ends year with over 4,000 reported COVID-19 violations, other businesses look forward to 2021

Business owners hoping for a better 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Many businesses are hoping for a sense of normalcy going into the new year, some businesses and residential areas facing penalties.

This database from the City of Charlotte shows 4,357 COVID-19 violations that Charlotte Mecklenburg Police have responded to from the beginning of March to December 31, 2020.

Five violations were reported on the last day of the year.

Two of those include the Beatties Ford Road location of the United House of Prayer for All People.

Over the last couple of months the church has gained attention from public health officials after holding large gatherings.

In October, WBTV reported that over a dozen people died and 200 people became infected after an week-long Convocation event held that month.

CMPD said that officers implement an education-first approach when it comes to enforcing the state’s COVID-19 precautions and orders, but if the business choose not to cooperate then they will be penalized.

In just one week the modified stay at home order is set to be evaluated. This includes the 9 p.m. cut off for alcohol sales and the 10:00 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.

Members Only Lounge owner Kimberly Wilkinson says she’s just rolling with the punches as she and others await the Governor’s decision.

“It’s been ebb and flow and just making adjustments with the changes so when he pushed the order to close at 9 pm we started opening at 2 pm just so we can make up for the loss of revenue for the time that we would miss with being open,” she said.

Wilkinson and others said they’ve been working twice as hard to make sure guests are abiding by rules too.

While her first year in business had a rough start because of the pandemic, she’s hoping 2021 brings more success and safety for other business owners like herself.

“If this is the new normal then we make transitions as changes come about and I’m hoping that it gets under control so we can get back to a sense of normalcy and my whole thing is more so with people feeling more comfortable to get back out,” she said.

WBTV reached out to the United House of Prayer about the violations and they declined to comment.

The data from the city has not been updated at the time of this writing to reflect any violations after 8:30 last night.

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