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Video shows packed Charlotte restaurant despite COVID-19 concerns

 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County health experts have been urging people not to gather as there's been a surge in COVID-19 cases, but over the weekend several people gathered to watch football at a Charlotte restaurant.

Video obtained by Queen City Nerve shows Clutch Kitchen & Pour House during college football. The video shows employees behind the bar not wearing masks, with no social distancing. 

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The post has gained lots of traction on social media with over a hundred shares and comments.

According to Charlotte's COVID-19 violation database, this weekend, at least two reports were filed with CMPD reporting Clutch Kitchen and Pour House for public gathering. 

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Information about those who may have been charged was not readily available at the time this story was published. 

In a statement posted on Instagram Monday, Clutch Kitchen & Pour House said the incident was "far from" what the restaurant stands for: "This weekend, an incident took place that was far from what Clutch Kitchen & Pour House stand for as a restaurant and a member of the Charlotte community. While safety precautions were in place, including professional security and staff mask and safety training, in preparation for the expected ACC Championship game crowd, we realize that at points on Saturday, our establishment exceeded capacity and that COVID-19 safety measures were not followed in accordance with our restaurant and local standards. We sincerely apologize. Our priority and focus continues to be the safety of our community and staff, and we are committed to ensuring this does not happen again." 

Anyone wishing to report a violation of the COVID-19-related orders can report them by calling 311.

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