A video showing a large crowd with no masks at QC Social Lounge has sparked outraged from North Carolina public health officials, calling for those who attended to quarantine immediately.
Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris showed the video at a press conference on Friday as one of the many examples of Charlotte businesses failing to enforce strict Coronavirus executive orders set forth by Gov. Roy Cooper. “For the individuals that were there last night, my recommendation is they quarantine for 14 days,” Harris said. “I would be very surprised if there was no COVID in that space last night.”
Harris added that she reached out to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department about the nightclub. CMPD Deputy Chief Jeff Estes told FOX 46 that most businesses in the uptown area have complied with the orders. He also said “The ones that we have seen not in compliance, we’ll be dealing with.”
On Friday at 5 p.m., a new curfew went into effect in North Carolina as the state reported a new record-high with 7,040 new cases of COVID-19. Two of the most significant factors from the orders directly impact nightlife in Charlotte. Bars and restaurants must cease alcohol sales at 9:00 p.m. with all non-essential businesses closing no later than 10 p.m. daily. A modified stay-at-home order suggests everyone who isn’t exempt should not be outside between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. until Jan. 8.
Management at QC Social did not respond to WBT’s requests for comment, but did give an update of social media saying, “As per the Governors Executive Order, we will be closed until further noticed.”