Bar owners upset state limiting them to some outdoor seating during pandemic
When Phase 3 of the state's pandemic recovery plan starts on Friday, bars can finally reopen. But owners say restricting them to some outdoor seating isn't enough to help them survive financially.
PROGRAM AT SOUTHWEST IS GOING RESUME TODAY. THE SCHOOL IS SET TO REOPEN TOMORROW. >>> BUSINESSES SET TO REOPEN THE DOORS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE MARCH COULD GET SOME GOOD NEWS TODAY. THEY WILL HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON, AND WE COULD LEARN THE NEXT REOPENING STEPS WHEN PHASE 2.5 EXPIRES THIS WEEK. WRALN NIA HARDEN IS LIVE TO EXPLAIN. >> Reporter: RIGHT NOW I AM AT A NEW TESTING SITE FOR WAKE COUNTY. THEY'RE OPENING UP HERE TODAY IN THE PARKING LOT. THIS DRIVE-THRU TESTING SITE THAT THEY'RE OPENING UP IS IN WAKE FOREST. THIS IS ON GATEWAY COMMONS CIRCLE HERE IN WAKE FOREST. THIS IS GOOD FOR THOSE THAT LIVE IN THE AREA BECAUSE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO GET A TEST CLOSER TO HOME. THIS IS STILL A PROBLEM FOR OUR STATE. >> RIGHT NOW WE'RE IN PHASE 2.5 WHEN IT COMES TO REOPENING. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT MASS GATHERINGS INCREASED. BARS AND INDOOR FACILITIES ARE STILL CLOSED. NOW, TODAY THE GOVERNOR COULD GIVE AN UPDATE AT THE BRIEFING TALKING ABOUT PHASE 2.5 IF HE IS GOING EXTEND THE TIME OR IF HE WILL MOVE IN TO PHASE THREE. WE WILL HAVE THAT LIVE AT 2:00, AND WE WILL LIVE STREAM