CARRBORO, NC -- North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper stopped by Pizzeria Mercato in Carrboro today (Thursday, Aug. 26) and talked with owner Gabe Barker about his experience during the pandemic and what they’re doing now to keep the community safe. Mercato was one of the first restaurants in the area to require proof of vaccination to dine inside.
At a news conference, Mr. Barker said the rule has been good for business while keeping people safe. "Health and safety are my top priority," he said. Governor Cooper is encouraging other businesses across the state to do the same.
Attending the news conference was Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle, NC Rep. Graig Meyer, NC Rep. Verla Insko, NC Sen. Valerie Foushee, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and Carrboro Town Manager Richard J. White III.
Mayor Lavelle remarked that cooperation among leaders in Orange County and the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough has helped keep COVID-19 rates low in our county. She shared that since the Town of Carrboro required that employees demonstrate proof of vaccination http://townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1818 status by Sept. 1, about 86% of employees are now vaccinated.