Speaker Moore Responds to Veto of Outdoor Seating Bill

Raleigh, N.C. – State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) responded Friday to Gov. Cooper’s veto of legislation allowing safe outdoor seating for dining and beverage service in North Carolina.

Governor Cooper’s ‘Phase 2’ executive order allows restaurants to operate indoors or outdoors at 50 percent capacity, but prohibits other establishments from operating under the same rules.
House Bill 536 Temp Outdoor Restaurants for Outdoor Seating, approved by the General Assembly, would treat all beverage and dining service establishments the same and allows them to operate at 50% of total capacity.
NC House Speaker Moore released the following statement:
“The Governor’s veto of a commonsense and safe outdoor seating policy shows his unwillingness to respond to cries for help by family-owned businesses across North Carolina,” Speaker Moore said.