Governor Cooper visits Carrboro Mercato Pizzeria and promotes COVID-19 vaccinations

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Governor Roy Cooper visited a restaurant in Carrboro this week to promote COVID-19 vaccinations and encourage companies to adopt their own vaccination mandates.

On Thursday, Cooper stopped by the Pizzeria Mercato for a press conference. Mercato was one of the first restaurants in the area to require proof of coronavirus vaccination so that customers can dine inside.

“When businesses and employers need vaccines, they protect their workers, their customers and their communities,” Cooper said at Thursday’s conference. “Policies like these will get more gunfire which in turn will boost our economy and get us to the end of the pandemic faster. “

During his visit, Cooper thanked Pizzeria Mercato owner Gabe Barker and his employees for their work in protecting staff, customers and the community.

At the event, Barker said the vaccination mandate was good for business while keeping people safe. “Health and safety is my top priority,” he said.

Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle echoed Cooper’s sentiments and thanked Pizzeria Mercato management for making the decision to require proof of vaccination, especially given the spread of the more contagious delta variant. .

Thusday, state reported more than 8,600 new cases of COVID, the highest since mid-January.

“I’m really, really proud of the leadership there, of Gabe Barker, who made the decision early on to take the pandemic very seriously,” Lavelle said. “It was a rather courageous decision because they are undergoing a lot of reactions on social media. So you get this bunch of antivaxxers who find it inappropriate, but I know there are a lot of people who appreciate it.

NC Rep Graig Meyer, NC Rep Verla Insko, NC Senator Valerie Foushee, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and Carrboro Director Richard White III also attended the press conference.

Vaccination warrants are increasingly common after full FDA approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

In Orange County, other businesses – such as Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, Market & Moss in Chapel Hill, and Yonder in Hillsborough – have already announced that customers must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test before they go. enter.


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