Private bar owners still feeling pain as governor keeps them closed
WRAL's Aaron Thomas spoke with a private bar owner in Durham who is among those that have to remain closed as the state remains in Phase 2 of its reopening plan during the coronavirus pandemic.
THEY WOULD LEAD TO MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE STATEWIDE COMPETITION. >>> CASES IN NORTH CAROLINA WILL CONTINUE TO RISE. HERE IS WHERE WE STAND TONIGHT. OUR STATE HAS 89,866 CASES. AND 1,586 PEOPLE HAVE DIED AND MORE THAN 67,000 PEOPLE HAVE RECOVERED. THESE NUMBERS AND TRENDS THAT OUR STATE COMPELLED THE GOVERNOR TO ANNOUNCE WE WILL STAY FOR ANOTHER THREE WEEKS. THAT'S NOT GOOD NEWS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS. MANY BAR OWNERS ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET, JOINING US LIVE WITH THIS STORY. AARON? >> THREE MORE WEEKS MEANS MANY GYMS AND PRIVATE BARS HAVE TO REMAIN CLOSED. I SPOKE TO BAR OWNERS TONIGHT WHO SAY THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH STAYING OPEN LATE AT NIGHT. AND THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO OPEN TOO. >> WE ARE NOT DOING ALL RIGHT. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY SALES FOR GOING ON FIVE MONTHS NOW. >> A HARSH REALITY FOR THE BAR OWNERS, KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON IN DURHAM JUST BECAME HARDER AS THE GOVERNOR WILL EXTEND PHASE TWO OF THE REOPENING PLAN DUE TO THE SPIKE IN THE CORONAVIRUS CASES. >> BY THE ORDER, WE ARE 100% CLOSED, WHICH MEANS WE'RE MAKING 0%. >> AND THEY SAY MANY ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP THEIR BUSINESSES FROM GOING UNDER. >> THEY ARE BORROWING AS MUCH AS THEY CAN. AND AS MUCH AS THEY CAN ON THE CREDIT CARDS. >> LET'S BREAK DOWN HOW BARS ARE AFFECTED. THERE'S A TOTAL OF 7,000 BARS ACROSS THE STATE. 6,000 ARE ALLOWED TO OPEN BECAUSE THEY WILL FUNCTION AS WINERIES, DISTILLERIES, BREWERIES, RESTAURANTS. BUT THEY WILL REMAIN CLOSED. >> AND THE LANDLORD WHO WANTS HIS MONEY. >> HE HOPES THEY WILL STEP IN TO HELP. THEY NEED SUPPORT. >> AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO WORK FOR GOVERNOR COOPER AND THE COURTS AT PRIVATE BARS THAT SHOULD BE OPEN.