Businesses mixed on expanding capacity

Many businesses have the flexibility to serve more customers under Gov. Cooper's new executive order, but some are hesitant to do so.

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ELAINA ATHANS: Bars-slash-restaurants along Glenwood South are seizing the opportunity to serve additional customers. Hibernian Pub is looking to increase their capacity. The folks over here at Carolina Ale House tell me that they are thrilled the Governor is allowing businesses a chance to make extra sales.

Under the new guidelines taking effect in about an hour, capacity inside the sports bar can go from 225 people to about 338. The Ale House will be able to accommodate larger parties on a case-by-case basis. Staff, though-- for the time being-- are holding off on making big changes on the floor.

ROB VITELLARO: We're not going to bring out any extra tables or chairs like that. You know, we do have to adhere to the CDC guidelines, keep up with the social distancing of six feet. We are excited for everybody to come out.

ELAINA ATHANS: Restaurateurs said the changes are especially helpful now, as we are in March Madness, and people might be inclined to leave their homes to catch a game. In Raleigh, Elaina Athens, ABC11 Eyewitness News.