Breweries, restaurants and lounges reopened on Saturday for the first full day of Phase 2 of the North Carolina procedure.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Breweries, restaurants and lounges in Charlotte saw a steady flow of customers when they first reopened as part of Phase 2 of Governor Roy Cooper’s three-phase plan.
Dozens of people spent Saturday afternoon drinking beers at the Suffolk Punch in the South End, including Nicholas Trunzo.
“It’s nice to be in the breweries,” said Trunzo. “It is good to be alive in the motion it should be. “
The breweries only discovered Friday afternoon that they could reopen as part of Phase 2, which meant Suffolk Punch general manager Shan Sheheane had to rush to put in staff.
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“It was hard to find out at the last minute that we would be open,” said Sheheane. “It was very difficult to convince all the staff to get to work this weekend, but we overcame it. “
Brewery staff kept an hourly record of the number of customers who were to remain below capacity limits. Tables are spaced six feet apart and patrons and bartenders are separated by a plexiglass shield.
The other popular places on Saturday were the hair salons.
Tom Parker and his wife own six Supercuts, but they only reopened two of them as a test. At their South End site, Park said it cut the hair of 76 customers in the middle of the afternoon.
“It was a bit chaotic,” said Parker. “We have to operate in circumstances that we are not used to. “
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All stylists must wear masks and they cannot accept appointments.
Customers making an appointment should stay in their car and wait until they are called to the salon.
“There has been a lot of pent-up demand for haircuts,” said Parker. “It was fun, but extremely busy. “