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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:

Open Letter to OMB Customers and the Charlotte Community - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

A little over two weeks ago OMB held its 12 th Annual Mecktoberfest Celebration at the Brewery and Biergarten on Yancey Road here in Charlotte. As this has been one of the most difficult years of OMB's existence, we were looking forward to a scaled back event as we tip-toed back to some semblance of normal life again.