Jason Jenks had a line waiting outside as he gave haircuts at The Man Cave on E. Water Street.
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
Phase Two of Governor Roy Cooper's three phase reopening plan began at 5 PM Friday. The change allows some businesses that had been ordered to be closed to reopen and lessens the restrictions on some others, but there are still businesses that won't be allowed to reopen until Phase Three, which Cooper says won't happen for at least five weeks.
One of the changes in Phase Two is that restaurants can now legally have in-house dining, but they'll be limited to 50% occupancy and will have to meet multiple guidelines. Locally, most restaurants did not reopen Friday evening; in fact, most won't reopen their dining rooms until next week.
Court Street Grille told us earlier in the week that they wouldn't reopen their dining room this weekend and weren't sure when they would.
Graffiti's will continue carryout only until Wednesday (May 27th) when they'll reopen their dining room for dinner. They won't reopen the dining room for lunch until later.
Fatz Cafe will reopen its dining room for lunch & dinner beginning Thursday (May 28th). The Woodshed in Stanley will reopen for in-house dining on Tuesday evening (May 26th), but the Pleasant Grill on Mariposa Road reopened in-house dining Friday evening.
Barber shops, hair & nail salons were also allowed to reopen Friday evening--and many of them wasted no time in getting back to business. Rex Rhyne reopened his Trim Barber Shop on S. Academy Street and Jason Jenks reopened The Man Cave on E. Water St. Both had lines of customers waiting outside to get their first haircut in a month & a half. Rhyne said he usually closes at noon on Saturday, but this week, he'll work all day.
In Gastonia, Sue Ann Robb reopened her Running With Scissors Salon at 103 W. Main Ave. They're normally open Tuesday-Saturday, but she's taking appointments now and already has some scheduled into early June.
Gyms and movie theaters aren't allowed to reopen until Phase Three. Neither are bars. Since some places that are known as bars also serve food, they may qualify for reopening as restaurants. Others are known as wineries or breweries--the principal difference being they sell for off-premises consumption. They are allowed to reopen. CLICK HERE to read the issued explanation of the difference, and HERE to read more about the changes under Phase Two.
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