By Kasey Cunningham | May 28, 2020 at 10:06 AM EDT – Updated May 28 at 10:28 AM
RALEIGH, N.C. (WRAL) – After much discussion, the Senate voted Thursday to reopen North Carolina’s bars with certain restrictions in place.
Lawmakers voted 42-6 in favor of House Bill 536, which would allow some bars to reopen outdoor areas — either permanent patios or temporary spaces — and serve customers at 50% capacity.
The bill, which would override Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order, needs only one vote in the House, which it could get later today.
The vote comes on the same day that more than 60 bar owners across the state are expected to file a lawsuit demanding that their businesses be allowed to reopen.
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