Crowds flock to bars and restaurants in downtown Raleigh as Memorial Day weekend begins
RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Memorial Day is the first major holiday since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in North Carolina, bringing many people to downtown Raleigh on Friday for the weekend of vacation.
Bars and restaurants are grateful for the additional foot traffic after a difficult year.
“I mean, if you take today versus last year around this time, I mean it’s literally night and day. But right now the streets are crowded and we love it, ”said Anthony Demarco, co-owner of DeMo’s Pizzeria and Deli.
Still, the relaxed guidelines for masks and indoor / outdoor gatherings in the city center will take a lot of getting used to.
“It’s weird but, again, we’re trying to get back to normal – taking it step by step. It’s great to be outside and see the people having fun, ”said Andrew Jean, a resident of Raleigh.
Police were seen patrolling to make sure things were kept safe.
Many people have said that they are testing the waters that are coming out now to assess how the rest of their summer will be.
“I feel like I’m almost out of hibernation – but it’s nice to see faces. I’m glad everyone is getting vaccinated and able to spend time again, ”said Alyssa Shore, a resident of Raleigh.