Guilford County Commissioners amend State of Emergency related to pickup and to-go orders at restaurants, bars

GUILFORD COUNTY, NC – The Guilford County Board of Commissioners announced a modified state of emergency on Wednesday night that will affect ordering and pickup at restaurants and bars.

The Commissioners published the following information:

Skip Alston, Guilford County Emergency Management and Public Health Chairperson, will continue to manage the local state of emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the city and county law enforcement agencies will continue to be charged with enforcement, monitoring and surveillance be. Education and compliance with national regulations. Residents can find information on the state’s ordering information on the county’s website www.guilfordcountync.gov, which announced today that the county will change its local state of emergency to include ordering and picking up restaurants and bars on the premises after 10 years is prohibited: 00PM. On December 21, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 183, which allowed restaurants and bars to add mixed drinks to their delivery and take-out services as an alternative to on-site consumption after 10:00 p.m.

This exception is intended to give many restaurants and bars the opportunity to increase revenue after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it had the unintended consequence that large groups of diners could stay in local restaurants after 10:00 PM to place orders on the go. Law enforcement has reported problems arising from this loophole that affect the entire community.

Alston said that in Guilford County, the spread of COVID-19 has increased and has increased across the community with a test positivity rate of 13%. Alston said the opportunities for local businesses to generate revenue must be weighed against what is required to limit the unprecedented spread of COVID-19 in the community. The decision to change the county state of emergency was made after consulting with Alston’s fellow commissioners, members of the restaurant industry, law enforcement agencies and local communities.

This change clarifies that local patronage in restaurants and bars, including ordering and takeaway pickup, is no longer permitted after 10:00 PM. Starting Friday, January 15 at 5:00 p.m., delivery, roadside pickup and takeaway orders must remain outdoors.

Alston urged Guilford County’s citizens to remember that they can spread the virus even after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, even if they don’t experience symptoms. “This is still not the time for social gatherings and visits with others, including friends and extended family members,” Alston said, insisting we are not out of the woods yet.

The Guilford County Emergency Management and Health Department will continue to manage the local emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the city and county law enforcement agencies will continue to enforce, monitor, educate and comply with statewide regulations. Residents can find information about the state’s order on the county website at www.guilfordcountync.gov.

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