Alcohol curfew goes into effect at 11:00 p.m.

Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 4:37 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 7:03 AM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - Restaurants will have to stop selling alcohol Friday night.

The statewide curfew bans the sale of alcohol from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m.

Governor Cooper signed an Executive Order earlier this week in hopes that it will slow the spread of COVID-19. Convenience stores and grocery stores will still be allowed to sell alcohol.

The order is set to last the entire month of August.

The state will ban alcohol sales at restaurants late at night, a step they feel will help lessen the spread of the coronavirus.

Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order that will take effect on Friday. It will stop the sales of alcoholic drinks in restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries after 11:00 p.m. each night.

Cooper says they’re getting reports of some restaurants that essentially turn into bars late at night where people are less socially distant.

Raleigh, Charlotte, and several other cities have already implemented their own bans.

The governor said ALE agents will enforce his order and that businesses could end up losing their licenses if they violate the new restrictions.

You can read the governor’s executive order by clicking this link.

Cooper said it does not apply to stores that are allowed to sell beer and wine for off-premise consumption, while local governments that have implemented their own stricter orders will be allowed to keep them in place.

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