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CFIC continues to monitor federal, state, and local government response as it pertains to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the grocery industry.

CFIC Explanation of Paid Sick Leave and FMLA Changes

US Department of Labor FAQ on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Recommended Protocols When a Food Industry Employee or Customer Tests Positive for COVID- 19

Recommended Procedures for COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection for Human-Touch Surfaces

North Carolina Response:

  • CFIC NC local restrictions spreadsheet
  • COVID-19 County Alert System
  • NC Executive Order 116 (issued March 10): Declaration of State of Emergency; Waives Trucking Requirements
  • NC Executive Order 119 (issued March 20): Facilitates critical motor vehicle operations; expands access to health care
  • NC Executive Order 133 (issued April 17): Extends Certain Transportation-Related Provisions in Previous Executive Orders
  • NC Executive Order 134 (issued April 21): Allows furloughed workers to be eligible for unemployment benefits
  • NC Executive Order 162 (extended September 4): Restricts Late Night Service of Alcoholic Beverages
  • NC Executive Order 163 (issued September 4): Phase 2.5 Reopening:
    • Implement an Emergency Maximum Occupancy Limit for Customers (taking into account room for social distancing)
    • Post a sign in a visible location with the Emergency Maximum Occupancy
    • Mark six (6) foot spacing at point of sale and any other high traffic areas
    • Conduct daily symptom screening of workers, using a standard interview questionnaire of symptoms, before workers enter the workplace
    • Immediately isolate and remove sick workers
    • Perform frequent and routine environmental cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas with an EPA-approved disinfectant for SARS-CoV-2
    • Require all workers to wear a face covering and all customers when they may be within 6 feet of another person (unless exceptions apply)
  • NC Executive Order 164 (issued September 14): Extends certain transportation-related provisions in Executive Orders 116 and 119.
  • NC Executive Order 169 (issued September 30): Revises prohibitions and restrictions that move the state into Phase 3 beginning October 2.
  • NC Executive Order 176 (issued November 10): Extends Phase 3 until at least Friday, December 4 and also:
    • Lowers indoor mass gathering limit from 25 to 10 people;
    • Maintains outdoor mass gathering limit at 50 people;
    • Extends requirements for retail, restaurants, and other businesses as noted in Executive Order 169; and
    • Maintains occupancy limits for specific businesses as outlined in Executive Order 169.
  • NC Executive Order 180 (issued November 25): Extends Phase 3 until at least Friday, December 11 and also:
    • Maintains maximum occupancy at the fewer of 50% of the fire code or 12 customers per 1,000 square feet;
    • Limits mass gatherings of 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors;
    • Prohibits alcohol sales from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am;
    • Requires all retailers, regardless of size, to ensure that all employees and customers wear a face covering at all times while they are inside the retail location;
    • Requires that retailers larger than 15,000 square feet must maintain an employee at the entrance of the store responsible for two things:
      • Ensuring occupancy limits are being adhered to; and,
      • That face covering requirements are being adhered to by customers.
    • Requires that customers must wear a face covering at all times when they are not eating and/or drinking.
    • Enforcement can be through state law enforcement, DHHS or local enforcement authorities, and law enforcement may cite both the individual who fail to wear the face coverings and/or the business or organization. The penalty for violating the Executive Order is a Class 2 misdemeanor, which could result in a fine of up to $1,000 or active punishment.

Businesses that have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 should immediately contact their local Department of Health here.

Taxpayers are encouraged to file their taxes online. Most taxpayers can file online for free at:
NCDOR online services:
NCDOR phone numbers: General information: 1-877-252-3052; Individual income tax refund inquiries: 1-877-252-4052

South Carolina Response:

  • CFIC SC local restrictions spreadsheet
  • SC Executive Order 2020-50 (issued August 2): Allows curbside pickup of beer and wine; prohibits the sale or on-premises consumption of alcohol after 11:00 pm; requires specific restaurant guidelines; allows entertainment, sports and arts venues to reopen with restrictions.
  • SC Executive Order 2020-63 (issued October 2): Contains several previously issued executive orders related to COVID-19 but removed occupancy limitations and other restrictions related to restaurants that serve food and drinks for on-premise consumption. This Executive Order also:
    • Prohibits the sale of beer, wine or liquor for on-premises consumption and prohibits the on-premises consumption of beer, wine or liquor between 11pm and 10am;
    • Allows the sale of alcohol for off-premise consumption after 11pm;
    • Requires restaurants that provide on-premises dining to adhere to certain guidelines as provided by AccelerateSC, including requiring employees and patrons to wear face coverings;
    • Allows Curbside Pickup of beer and wine.
  • SC Executive Order 2020-72 (issued November 24): Extends the State of Emergency due to COVID-19 for another 15 days (set to expire December 8); also extends Executive Order 2020-63.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) has provided this Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers. If you are concerned about coronavirus, or are experiencing respiratory or flulike symptoms, visit www.MUSC.Care for a virtual screening.

Recommended Precautions from the CDC

The CDC website advises employers to:

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
  • Separate sick employees by sending home sick employees.
  • Perform routine cleaning.
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps and check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel.
  • More information for businesses can be found on the CDC website here.

OSHA Standards

Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards can be found here.

Helpful Links

FMI Coronavirus Resources for the Food Industry
National Retail Federation Coronavirus Resources for Retailers
CDC Situation Summary
NC Department of Health and Human Services Update
NC Department of Health and Human Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
SC Department of Health and Environmental Control Quick Facts
OSHA Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
EPA Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus
CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for households with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

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