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Breweries, wineries, distilleries will be included in Phase 2 reopening

Breweries, wineries, distilleries will be included in Phase 2 reopening
File - Catawba Brewing Asheville (Photo Credit: WLOS Staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) – Clarification to the state's "Safer At Home" order will allow breweries, tap rooms, distilleries and wineries to open with restrictions in the Phase 2 relaxed restrictions.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced the state was working to clarify the order that prevented bars from opening. Late Friday afternoon, the state's legal team issued the clarification, which still keep bars closed but allows the others to resume business with social distancing requirements.

Executive Order 141 says who can open depends on how they're licensed by the ABC Commission. The order reads,

An establishment shall not be considered to be “principally engaged in the business of selling alcoholic beverages for onsite consumption” — and it may be open under Executive Order. No. 141 — if it meets the following test:
It produces alcoholic beverages for commercial sale off-premises and is, therefore, permitted by the ABC Commission under N.C. Gen. Stat. 18B-1101 to 18B-1105.
The import of this Guidance is that eating establishments and restaurants as defined in N.C. Gen. Stat. 18B-1000(2) & (6) and breweries, wineries, and distilleries permitted under N.C. Gen. Stat. 18B-1100 et. seq. are allowed to open under Section 8(A) of Executive Order 141.



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