On October 7th, we posted a story about Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Mecktoberfest being linked to two confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Mecklenburg County Health Department asked anyone who attended the event between September 25th and September 27th to get tested for the coronavirus. On October 13th, WCNC-TV reported that the total number of positive cases tied to the event had risen to five.
Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris told county commissioners on October 6th that very few Mecktoberfest attendees wore masks or observed social distancing guidelines. As a result, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery has been questioned and criticized. The brewery’s founder, John Marrino, has responded with an Open Letter to OMB Customers and the Charlotte Community. You can read it below: