By WECT Staff | May 15, 2020 at 9:00 AM EDT – Updated May 15 at 10:50 AM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Hotels and motels in Wilmington are allowed to reopen for up to 25 percent of their capacity, Mayor Bill Saffo announced Friday morning.
Saffo, who held a news conference to announce the next phase of the city’s State of Emergency Declaration, also announced that indoor sports remain prohibited but that outdoor sports will be allowed in small groups and without spectators.
The mayor also said that restrictions on country clubs and social clubs have been lifted but stressed that the governor’s order restricts those businesses to 10 people or less at a time.
Dressing rooms will remain closed at this time.
Car dealerships still have restrictions in place — the wait time between test drives is four hours with full cleaning between drivers.
“I don’t want anyone to get sick. As the mayor of this city, that’s my No. 1 priority,” Saffo said. “I want to make sure everyone is healthy and strong. Because at the end of this thing, if we’re healthy and strong, we can get back to a normal way of life. We can go back out to our favorite restaurants. We can go shopping. We can do the things we want to do.
“We don’t want people to get sick. That’s our bottom line here.”
When asked why the city isn’t requiring people to wear masks, Saffo said it was an enforcement issue.
“The issue here in Wilmington and New Hanover County is we have 235,000 people,” he said. “We have a lot of people that come in from the outside area. We don’t enough police officers to enforce everyone to wear masks. We would be out there writing tickets all day long because there are some people, no matter what you tell them, no matter what the facts are, no matter what evidence is they just refuse to wear a mask. Unfortunately, those people can possibly get other people sick.
“Please wear a mask if you’re going out in public… because you’re not only protecting yourself, you’re protecting someone else.”
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