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Reopening Legislation for Service Industry Passes NC House

Updated: May 12

Raleigh, NC - Earlier today, House Bill 211 - Reopen Bars and Restaurants (Moffitt, R - Henderson) passed through the House Chamber by a vote of 71-45 with bi-partisan support. The bill addresses the outcry of the North Carolina service industry and small businesses to reopen fully.

After more than a year of reduced capacity, countless establishments have closed their doors, and remaining businesses are still suffering. North Carolina has long been recognized for its role in hospitality, and the impact of the pandemic has been particularly hard on its small businesses.


“This bill says we know more about the virus and the responsible behavior required to mitigate its spread than we did a year ago. It is time to trust our small businesses to operate in a responsible manner and send them a lifeline—all without spending a dime.” said Rep. Moffitt.


“Our small businesses have proven to be flexible in adapting to increased safety measures over the last year,” said Moffitt. “This bill simply allows them to reopen at full capacity, while still encouraging procedures to keep patrons and workers safe.”


The bill will be sent to the Senate for further action.

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