Local restaurants close following increased COVID-19 cases


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Increased number of coronavirus cases are leading some restaurants around the Cape Fear to pump the brakes on allowing guests to dine-in.

Several local restaurants are temporarily shutting their doors.

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According to a Facebook post, Buzz’s Roost in Carolina beach is closing, after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Another new case is alarming Tower 7 in Wrightsville Beach, according to a Facebook post. Someone, who tested positive for the coronavirus, was at the restaurant. It says they plan to close for safety until further notice and test all employees.

In downtown Wilmington, Copper Penny is saying ‘no’ to dine in, but sticking to curbside pick up starting Monday, according to a Facebook post.

“This is the best way to control our environment and make sure we aren’t aiding in the spread of this virus,” an excerpt of the post said.

A few blocks away, Circa 1922 is closed, according to a Facebook post, because they said they “feel it is safer for our restaurant, guests and staff.”

The uptick in COVID-19 cases is concerning Wilmington restaurants, RX restaurant and Johnny Lukes Kitchen Bar. Three weeks after reopening, they are both temporarily closing.

These are only a handful of restaurants in the Cape Fear that have either temporarily closed or are switching to take out only for now.

As a reminder, it is not mandatory for restaurants to close, if an employee tests positive for the coronavirus.