Bar owners fear another Phase 2 extension as executive order set to expire


GREENSBORO, N.C. — Closed businesses are once again waiting to see if they'll get the chance to reopen as the phase two extension is set to expire Friday. 

But owners at some bars, which have been closed for nearly five months now, are not holding their breath. 

"Everything's been trending up and people aren't taking things seriously and whether or not people believe that it's affecting businesses - it is," said Bearded Goat owner Seth Mapes. 

The Greensboro bar sits empty near the corner of E. Lewis and S. Elm Street, just as it has all summer. The data and past extensions aren't suggesting to Mapes that this time around will be any different. 

"I think that all bars are going to get pushed back to September 1 I've just been feeling that in my gut for a while," he said.

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