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Raleigh Mayor calls crowding on Glenwood South 'unacceptable'

Posted June 14, 2020 6:43 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said Sunday it is "unacceptable" for crowds to gather on Glenwood South in Raleigh during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Baldwin told WRAL she spent several hours on the phone with business owners on Glenwood South explaining her expectations. She said she saw many of those people taking more caution afterward and upholding those responsibilities.

Dozens of people packed the sidewalks Friday night waiting to get inside places like the BBQ Bar and Raleigh Beer Garden. Those crowds gathered with very few masks and limited social distancing.

Baldwin wants "more policing" of these crowds but noted that she wants to find a right way to do it with all of the protests going on. She believes a stronger police presence in conjunction with assistance from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance can help maintain social distancing standards.

Baldwin also said she wants more accountability from business owners to have security guards with masks and gloves outside of their restaurants enforcing social distancing in the lines waiting to get into their restaurants.

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