As some Chapel Hill residents return to newly-reopened bars, others feel it’s still not safe

By Isaac Klein

Chapel Hill community members gather outside at He’s Not Here – a Franklin St. bar – in early March.  (Ava Pukatch / Carolina Connection)

North Carolina just marked one year of COVID-19 shutdowns. However, with increasing vaccinations and declining case rates, state leaders are starting to relax some pandemic restrictions. Governor Cooper’s February 26 executive order increased capacity for indoor dining to 30 percent, allowing restaurants to serve more customers. The order also extended alcohol serving hours until 11:00 P.M. That lets bars welcome customers indoors for the first time in nearly a year.

Isaac Klein has more on how people in Chapel Hill are reacting to the change.

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