GALLERY: Businesses Slowly Open

May 16, 2020

A variety of images from the Cape Fear region. Some restrictions have been eased across North Carolina.  On Friday, May 15, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo announced that some local COVID-19 emergency restrictions were lifted in an effort to gradually roll back restrictions in concurrence with Gov. Roy Cooper’s re-opening plan for the state.

Chris and Maria of Wild Meadow Farm on Saturday at the farmers market in Wilmington. The Riverfront Farmers Market opened this month. Vendors are currently required to wear masks. Customers are encouraged to do so. May 16.
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The Riverfront Farmers Market opened this month. Vendors are currently required to wear masks. Customers are encouraged to do so. May 16.
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The Riverfront Farmers Market opened this month. Vendors are currently required to wear masks. Customers are encouraged to do so. May 16.
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The Riverfront Farmers Market opened this month. Vendors are currently required to wear masks. Customers are encouraged to do so. May 16.
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Riverfront Farmers Market opened this month. It's now located at Waterline Brewing every Saturday. May 16.
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Riverfront Farmers Market opened this month. It's now located at Waterline Brewing every Saturday. May 16.
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Riverfront Farmers Market opened this month. It's now located at Waterline Brewing every Saturday. May 16.
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Riverfront Farmers Market opened this month. It's now located at Waterline Brewing every Saturday. May 16.
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May 9.
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Retail businesses began opening in Wilmington on Friday, May 8.
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This weekend Wilmington businesses began to hang out the OPEN sign, as Phase 1 began.
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At The Forum, Kendall Hurt was able to open her clothing and boutique business, Meadowlark, on May 9.
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The weekend of May 9 saw more businesses reopen in downtown Wilmington.
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May 9. Downtown on the waterfront in Wilmington.
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Sunday afternoon stroll on the Riverwalk. May 10.
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New Hanover County began its expanded diagnostic testing for COVID-19, with more than 100 residents scheduled to be tested April 29 at the drive-through testing site.
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New Hanover County began its expanded diagnostic testing for COVID-19, with more than 100 residents scheduled to be tested April 29 at the drive-through testing site.
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New Hanover County began its expanded diagnostic testing for COVID-19, with more than 100 residents scheduled to be tested April 29 at the drive-through testing site.
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Most of Fort Fisher remains closed to the public. April 26.
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Closed business in Kure Beach. April 26.
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Closed park at Fort Fisher. April 26.
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A kiteboarder off the point at Fort Fisher on Sunday, April 26.
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A kiteboarder soars off the point at Fort Fisher on Sunday, April 26.
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The pier at Kure Beach. Sunday April 26.
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Carolina Beach. April 26.
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Kure Beach. April 26.
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Kure Beach. April 26.
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Kure Beach. April 26.
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Kure Beach. Sunday April 26.
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An empty UNCW campus on Friday afternoon. April 17.
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Empty ballfields at UNCW. April 17.
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No sports on the fields of UNCW. April 17.
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UNCW campus. April 17.
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Wilmington. April 16.
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Some downtown businesses remain open, offering curbside service. But they are all taking a large financial hit. April 16.
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End of Market Street, downtown Wilmington. April 16.
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Sparse downtown Wilmington. April 16.
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Downtown. April 16.
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Downtown. April 16.
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Sunday - Easter Morning in Wilmington. April 12.
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Sunday - Easter Morning in Wilmington. April 12.
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Sunday - Easter Morning in Wilmington. April 12.
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Sunday - Easter Morning in Wilmington. April 12.
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Sunday - Easter Morning in Wilmington. April 12.
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Sunday - Easter Morning in Wilmington. April 12.
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Sunday - Easter Morning in Wilmington. April 12.
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Seagull glides above an empty park in Southport. April 9.
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Seagulls wait in their usual spot in Southport for people to toss them crumbs. But with parks closed, those gulls will be waiting a long time. April 9.
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Closed restaurant in Southport on the waterfront. April 9.
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Swings, benches and picnic tables all out of commission in downtown Southport. April 9.

An outdoor line at Costco in Wilmington. April 8.
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Costco rules in WIlmington.

Signage at a Harris Teeter in Brunswick County. April 8.
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All public parks and benches all closed off in Southport. April 9.
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Park benches taped off along the waterfront in Southport. April 9.
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Carolina Beach. April 3
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The channel at Carolina Beach. April 3.
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Boardwalk at Carolina Beach is closed to public. April 3.

An empty Carolina Beach. April 6.
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Shops in Carolina Beach. April 6.

Boardwalk, Carolina Beach. April 6.
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Boardwalk, Carolina Beach. April 6.

Carolina Beach. April 6.
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Carolina Beach. April 6.
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Protective glass and plastic at Food Lion in Leland. April 1.
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At Home Depot in Monkey Junction, limited number are allowed in store. Staff allows one customer in, when another leaves. April 6.
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At Home Depot in Monkey Junction, limited number are allowed in store. Staff allows one customer in, when another leaves. April 6.
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Information sign driving into Southport. April 9.
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USS North Carolina. April 1.
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Wilmington. April 3.
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Trader Joe's limits how many customers can be in the store at one time. A line forms as people wait for the green light. April 3.
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Trader Joe's limits how many customers can be in the store at one time. A line forms as people wait for the green light. April 3.
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WECT's Emily Featherston prepares to do a live shot from downtown Wilmington. April 2.
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Many restaurants remain open, offering curbside business and delivery. April 1.
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Downtown Wilmington along the river. April 1.
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Downtown Wilmington. April 2.
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Downtown Wilmington. March 30.
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Downtown Wilmington. April 1.
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The Reel, a restaurant downtown. April 1.
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Downtown Wilmington. April 1.
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April 1.
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Downtown Wilmington. April 1.
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Front Street in Wilmington. April 1.
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April 2.
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April 2.
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Castle Street. April 1.
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Downtown rush hour. April 1.
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Usually full parking lots sit empty in Wilmington's downtown. April 3.
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Construction continues through the pandemic in Wilmington. April 1.
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Empty highway in Wilmington. April 3.
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A Starbucks drive through remains open. March 31.
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Staples is open, as it is considered an essential business. April 4.
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New Hanover County Commission Chair Julia Olson-Boseman speaks to the media. March 28.