Breweries fall into a bit of a grey area when it comes to Phase 2 of North Carolina’s reopening. While it seems some are categorized “restaurants,” others are considered “bars.” That distinction can determine whether they can open their doors, Friday night.
Governor Cooper announced North Carolina will enter Phase 2 on Friday at 5 p.m., but gyms were not included on the list of businesses allowed to reopen. Gym owners across Charlotte say they prepared to reopen but are now dissapointed with the announcement.
The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, a nonprofit trade association of restaurant and lodging business owners, sent a memo revealing that NCDHHS recently issued guidance for reopening businesses as part of Phase 2.
The safety guidelines from Governor Henry McMaster, including social distancing and wearing a mask, are considered voluntary. So, an SCLLR spokeperson says they aren’t enforcing them come inspection time.
The Neighborhood Theatre rests in the heart of the NoDa community and has hosted numerous up and coming bands for decades. But with the pandemic shutting down many businesses the venue finds itself in real trouble.
During a virtual zoning meeting Wednesday, Charlotte Economic Development Director Tracy Dodson admitted the Eastland Mall development is still a very big picture concept and things like an MLS team headquarters and what kind of restaurants and facilities would be there are way off in the distance.
The announcement came Tuesday afternoon in a press release, stating the company’s board of directors “made a determination that it is in the best interest of the company” to build a new, state-of-the-art foundry on a 428-acre property in Oakboro, North Carolina in Stanly County.
The salon manager said she and her colleagues have been watching all of Governor Henry McMaster’s public updates about the coronavirus, hoping they’d eventually get more information about potentially reopening.
While Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio said the county would provide help where they could it was clear throughout the meeting that local leaders are waiting on guidance from the state for many of the answers that business owners are seeking.
In her budget recommendation, Diorio suggested moderately increasing spending although funding for one-time expenditures in county departments would be slashed by 60 percent compared to the 2020 budget.
This restaurant owner says he actually prefers to wait a while before people come to eat again in his compact dining room, for the safety of diners and staff. That wait will mean taking another stab at takeout.
Small businesses, who are still operating, are finding new ways to bring customers in while trying to help the community as well. Several are converting their stores, that used to sell beer or coffee, into mini grocery stores.
With COVID-19 leaving many people out of work, some are turning to jobs they may not have considered before. That includes a Ballantyne clothing business owner, who you may now see at your door, delivering pizzas.
Americans who aren’t required to file taxes and are concerned about getting their government stimulus check quickly can now visit a new web portal set up by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service that lets people enter their bank direct-deposit information.
Members of North Carolina’s House Select Committee on COVID-19 received an update on the status of the state’s unemployment applications. Members of the committee’s economic support working group participated in the meeting via conference call to maintain social distancing.
The previous record holder for closed Waffle House locations was during Hurricane Katrina, where 130 locations were closed. That’s according to the Waffle House CEO, Walt Ehmer, who was in Charlotte Wednesday.