CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Friday will be the first opportunity in months for people to eat inside a restaurant in North Carolina.
That’s a possibility since Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan officially starts at 5 p.m Friday, and many businesses are excited about it.
But an economist said the COVID-19 pandemic has damaged small businesses so much that the recovery won’t be a rocket. He said it will be more like a car getting stuck in the mud.
“Anybody who thinks they know what’s gonna happen over the next several months is kidding themselves, none of us have a clue," said Dr. John Connaughton, an economist at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
>> In the video at the top of the page, Channel 9′s Glenn Counts spoke to Connaughton, who had some sobering news about how this reopening might go.
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