Amid rise in COVID-19 cases, Guilford County restricts delivery, curbside pickup, and to-go ordering after 10 p.m. to outside of restaurants and bars | Politics
Guilford County’s restaurants and bars will no longer be able to take food or drink orders at their facilities after 10 p.m. as the county state of emergency change announced on Wednesday evening has changed. The move is an attempt to prevent groups from congregating indoors as the county’s COVID-19 numbers rise, officials said.
H. Scott Hoffmann, News & Record
GREENSBORO – Starting Friday, people of Guilford County will no longer be able to pick up or order groceries from restaurants and bars after 10 p.m.
Guilford County announced the new restriction in a press release on Wednesday.
“Delivery, roadside collection and takeaway orders must remain outdoors,” said Melvin “Skip” Alston, chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, in the press release after 10pm.
The change is a change to the county’s state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Alston cited problems with Governor Roy Cooper’s Dec. 21 decree that would allow restaurants and bars to add mixed drinks to their delivery and take-out services as an alternative to staying on-site after the 10 p.m. curfew stay to drink. Cooper ordered the curfew in early December and extended it for another three weeks last week.
“This exemption is intended to give many restaurants and bars the opportunity to grow revenue after the COVID-19 pandemic,” Alston said in the press release. “However, it had the unintended effect of allowing large groups of diners to stop at local restaurants after 10:00 PM to place take-out orders. Law enforcement has reported issues arising from this loophole that affect the entire community.” “”
He cited the increase in COVID-19 cases in the county and the high rate of positivity of the tests in making the change. Alston said he consulted with the other commissioners, members of the restaurant industry, law enforcement and local governments before issuing the change.