‘Long Time Coming’: Bars Reopening Indoors In North Carolina

North Carolina bar owners are feeling like they are running a business again, as opposed to feeling like their business is doomed.

“Some relief, some happiness, some anger,” North Carolina Bar Owners Association Vice President Jason Ruth told WWAY-TV.

The reason for all the emotions? North Carolina Gov. Ray Cooper has announced that bars can reopen indoors to nearly 30 percent capacity starting Friday. Indoor service has been shut down since March.

Some are still steaming about it too, especially since North Carolina restaurants have been open inside for some time, at least to some capacity.

“You can have two neighboring businesses and one is given this set of rules, one is completely shut down,” N.C. bar owner Anna Brothers told WWAY. “Now one is given a completely different set of rules, and one is allowed to sorta kinda open. So it’s just, it’s just not fair.”

But now, those who have survived are getting another chance. Or least a 30-percent chance.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico is the assistant managing editor-newsdesk at OutKick. He is also the co-founder and senior writer at, and has covered the NBA for nearly 20 years, including his time at Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and CBS Sports. A native of Akron, Ohio, his writing career began in Wyoming.


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  1. i had the misfortune of passing through charlotte’s airport in November and it was scary how much it looked like California and NYC.

    NC is a confused place. Residents are mostly comservative, but like Virginia, they elect progressives if they have a southern accent. the accent must be some weird signal.

    Bill Clinton lost his accent while being POTUS and then used it for reelections and stumping for southern dems.

    NC used to be one of my favorite places to visit. many roots there. not a fan lately.

    sorry Joe Gibbs.

    • I live in NC, luckily on the coast of Wrightsville beach where we aren’t fear mongers. It’s so sad how Charlotte and RDU control the voting here. Oh well, come on down to the coast, jump on the boat, anchor up to a sandbar with hundreds of others every weekend in May. You will quickly join the locals and forget about the Corona Bros!

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