Cooper: Alcohol Sales At N.C. Restaurants Ending Earlier

Jul 28, 2020

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says he’s curbing alcohol sales hours at restaurants starting later this week in another effort to stem COVID-19. Cooper announced on Tuesday that starting Friday the eateries, distilleries and breweries will have to cut off sales at 11 p.m. instead of 2 a.m. Health officials says they're concerned more young people are contracting the virus and want to discourage late-night gatherings where social distancing isn’t happening. The order doesn’t apply to grocery or convenience stores, and bars remain closed. The state reported a record number of virus-related hospitalizations on Tuesday, but the health secretary some case trends are stabilizing.