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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Police Share COVID-19 Restrictions at Bars, Restaurants

We know these are very tough times for dine-in restaurants and bars in Holly Springs. They’re part of our community. However, Wake County’s district attorney has asked police departments to help ensure that Gov. Roy Cooper’s directives to slow the spread of COVID-19 are being enforced.

The Holly Springs Police Department is asking local businesses to adhere to guidelines issued by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services regarding Gov. Cooper’s executive order closing dine-in service in restaurants and bars. Dine-in service includes both indoor and outdoor seating areas. On-site food consumption is allowed in outdoor seating areas, subject to mass gathering restrictions, and only when maintaining social distancing.

As directed by the state, food and beverages are for carry-out, drive-through, and delivery only while maintaining social distancing. The state has asked local police departments to assist in making sure these restrictions are being observed. In Holly Springs, police have visited many bars and restaurants over the past few days to talk with store managers and owners about the new regulations.

The N.C. ABC Commission has guidance for complying with regulations on alcoholic beverages.

“We know this situation is stressful for businesses, and we want to support them, at the same time educating them about what is and isn’t allowed,” said Holly Springs Police Chief John Herring. “Everybody needs to do their part to ensure the health and safety of our residents.”

Business owners with questions should call the Police Department at (919) 557-9111.