COVID-19 Carteret County Government Update 13: Restaurant Service

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The following statement was released by Carteret County Human Services Director Jaime Long at 10:24 am March 19:

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, issued Executive Order No. 118, limiting operations of restaurants and bars and broadening unemployment insurance benefits in response to COVID-19.

The Governor declared that restaurants are restricted to carry-out, drive-through, delivery, and onsite consumption in outdoor seating areas, subject to mass gathering restrictions to create an environment where staff and patrons maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet from other people) whenever possible. The Order also gave Local Law Enforcement Officers the authority to enforce compliance.

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The Carteret County Environmental Health Director Jesse Dail stated, “After reviewing guidance received from the Environmental Health Section of NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, it is our understanding that restaurants are not permitted to serve patrons indoors or in outdoor seating areas. If a restaurant has outdoor seating, onsite consumption in the outdoor seating area is only permitted for food that has been ordered as a carry out and is subject to mass gathering restrictions and social distancing guidelines.”

The health and safety of our citizens is of utmost importance in our County. It is our shared responsibility to use good judgement and protect each other during this outbreak. We encourage citizens to be vigilant in practicing social distancing and reducing the spread of COVID-19.