‘It’s gonna be great’: Event organizers prep for possibility of eased restrictions on June 1

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement to possibly lift all of North Carolina’s social distancing and mass gathering restrictions by June 1 gave great hope to so many people for a normal summer.

Organizers of some of Charlotte’s biggest summer events told Channel 9 that although they are excited about the news, it’s too early to set things in stone.

Matt Dubois owns and organizes Taste of Charlotte -- a food festival that was held each summer until COVID-19 hit. He told Channel 9 he’s excited about getting things back to normal.

“Any time you can get an announcement that moves us forward in the pandemic it’s gonna be great for everybody,” he said.

Cooper announced Wednesday that he could lift all mandatory social distancing, capacity and mass gathering restrictions by June 1 if two-thirds of eligible people in the state are vaccinated.

“His announcement didn’t say with any affirmation that it would happen. It was just a projection and we certainly can’t wait another month to get an official announcement and then think that we could plan an event,” Dubois said.

The Taste of Charlotte is usually scheduled for early June, but Dubois said it may have to be pushed back to late summer or fall.

Another big summer event is the 4th of July celebration at Truist Field in uptown Charlotte. A spokesperson for the Charlotte Knights said they’re hopeful the show will go on, but they’re waiting for the final word on restrictions.

A Charlotte Pride spokesperson said their event will likely move forward -- possibly in August but the details are to be announced.

Event organizers aren’t the only people preparing, business owners are also hopeful that a normal summer could bring more people to the area.

“I think uptown needs foot traffic. We can’t be open if there’s nobody uptown,” one business owner said.