NC bars face the challenges of new health inspection regulations

WBTV reports that North Carolina State lawmakers are working to change a law that is set to go into effect at the end of March involving food safety in bars. Private bars had previously been exempt from health inspections since the North Carolina Regulatory Reform Act of 2013 was passed. In 2022, the ABC Omnibus Bill removed the definition of a private bar but it did not establish regulations for bars that served food. I n 2013 House Bill 125 did, and set requirements for bars to be subject to the same inspections and permitting as restaurants. But some bar owners say that these changes are too expensive or impossible to make. The general assembly is looking to make changes to this law, but it will not be until they reconvene in April which is after the new law goes into effect.