Wilmington Bar owners ask Cooper to Extend Curfew to Midnight

“We’ve already had to close two of our bars,” he said. “Luckily we still have Coglin’s Wilmington.”

“Bars and taverns in North Carolina are the only business that has not been allowed to have customers inside their doors,” said North Carolina Bar and Tavern Association (NCBATA) President Zack Medford.

Medford owns Coglin’s in Wilmington. He says COVID-19 restrictions on bars have been tough on him personally.

“We’ve already had to close two of our bars,” he said. “Luckily we still have Coglin’s Wilmington.”

In March 2020, bars that do not serve food were ordered to close their doors to slow the spread of COVID-19, and were not allowed to reopen until October. Since then they have only been allowed to serve customers in outdoor spaces at 30 percent capacity, and since in December they’ve had to stop serving alcohol at 9:00 p.m.

“It’s unfair,” Medford said. “Why would anyone go to our bars when they can go to a restaurant next door and sit inside in the warm temperature-controlled air.”

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  • Matthew Dula
    published this page in Blog 2021-01-29 13:25:29 -0500