North Carolina county sets alcohol, food cutoff to limit spread of virus

ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina county has set a cutoff for restaurant dining and alcohol sales in hopes of limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Officials in Orange County announced on Thursday that restaurants and private clubs will be closed for onsite consumption of food and beverages at 10 p.m. beginning Friday.

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The county also said restaurants may continue drive-through, delivery, and pick-up services after 10 p.m. as long as there is no onsite consumption of food and beverages.

Penny Rich, chairman of the Orange County Commissioners, said the county’s COVID-19 cases have tripled since Memorial Day, and the measures enacted will help protect the community.