Social distancing required in NC restaurants, but Big Al's doesn't want to comply
A barbecue restaurant in Raleigh refuses to adhere to restrictions put in place by state officials to limit the spread of coronavirus.
the local business fighting the rules. Take a look at your screen. A sign posted at a rally restaurant tells customers Teoh eat wherever they want, with no concern for social distancing. W AERIALS Keeley Arthur is live it big ounce tonight. Keeley. Well, that is the right Debra Look at this sign. It is right here on the front door of Big Al's barbecue and catering, and it says what you just said. Feel free to eat wherever you like. Of course, a message like this is getting some mixed reactions tonight. There's not much that will keep Joseph Hicks away from Big Al's. I love it. We've been here several times, coming in with my family all the time. Not even a sign on the front door announcing Cove in 19 Safety precautions won't be followed. What happens if you go in there one day really want some big Els barbecue and it's just packed in there? How will you handle that situation? I'd probably wait my turn outside if I had to, but I'm in is worth it. We reached out to the owners of Big Al's. A person responded back via email and declined an interview I drove up here to see it for myself. And of course, it was still up there. So I took a picture and was like, I feel like more people should know about this. Rebecca, as Scala lives and grocery shops near the restaurant, she thinks the sign and thinking behind it is irresponsible, considering just how dangerous Covert 19 is, what you have to say for people whose answer would be, well, just don't eat here more power to you. But I think you should, you know, definitely adhere to social distancing. Hicks sees the sign in a different light. Do you appreciate that the management is being up front about where they're coming from? Well, of course. I mean, I always appreciate when they're, you know, up front and honest with their customers. So the big question is, Are they breaking any laws? And technically, yes. Under current Cove, in 19 restrictions in the state of North Carolina, restaurants must have that 50% capacity and have tables spaced six feet apart. We did try to speak with the owners of Big Al's. They declined to camp an on camera interview for today, but I will say this place is very well loved. They are normally closed on Mondays. And just in the past few hours that we've been here, there have been many people coming up here in and trying to get into order. So I'll send it back to you. Kelly, Arthur, live in Carrie. Thanks, Kelly.