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CFIC is continuing to monitor the federal, state, and local response as it pertains to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the grocery industry. Please let us know if we can assist you in any way.

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/Customer Tests Positive for COVID- 19

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

North Carolina Response:

  • CFIC NC local restrictions spreadsheet
  • NC Executive Order 116 (issued March 10): Declaration of State of Emergency; Waives Trucking Requirements
  • NC Executive Order 117 (issued March 14): Closes all K-12 Schools and Prohibits Mass Gatherings over 100 People. A mass gathering does not include office environments, restaurants, factories, grocery stores or other retail establishments.
  • NC Executive Order 118 (issued March 17): Limits operations of restaurants and bars. Signage is available here.
  • NC Executive Order 119 (issued March 20): Facilitates critical motor vehicle operations; expands access to health care
  • NC Executive Order 131 (issued April 9): Retail Policies
    • Implements an Emergency Maximum Occupancy (EMO) for all retailers of no more than:
      • Twenty Percent (20%) of the stated fire capacity; OR
      • Five (5) customers for every one thousand (1,000) square fee of the retail location’s total square footage – including non-customer facing portions (note this applies to customers not employees)
    • Retailers must post the Emergency Maximum Occupancy in a conspicuous place (CFIC has created a sign for your use)
    • If retailers expect to exceed the EMO, staff should be posted at store entrances and exits to enforce the EMO
    • Retailers must clearly mark 6 feet distances in lines at cash registers and in other high traffic areas like deli counters and high-volume areas
    • If retailers expect to reach EMO, retailers must clearly mark six feet of spacing in a designated line outside the store
    • Retailers must perform frequent and routine environmental cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas with a disinfectant approved by the EPA for SARS-CoV-2.
    • Local items for any of items 1-6 are Preempted by this Order
  • NC Executive Order 133 (issued April 17): Extends Certain Transportaion-Related Provisions in Previous Executive Orders (
  • NC Executive Order 134 (issued April 21): Allows furloughed workers to be eligible for unemployment benefits
  • Businesses that have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 should immediately contact their local Department of Health (here is the link to all 100 county public health departments).
  • NC Executive Order 141 (issued May 20): Lifts statewide Stay at Home Order and moves to Safer at Home Recommendation
  • NC Executive Order 153 (issued July 28): Restricts Late Night Service of Alcoholic Beverages
  • NC Executive Order 155 (issued August 5): Extends Phase 2 “Safer at Home” Order Until at September 11, 2020

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 2020-56 (issued August 25): Extends the State of Emergency another 15 days (set to expire September 9); also extends SC Executive Order 2020-50.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce has provided this Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). If you are concerned about coronavirus, or are experiencing respiratory or flulike symptoms, you, or your employees, can visit with a medical professional who can provide a virtual screening for you at www.MUSC.Care.

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 environmental 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

There is no specific federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard covering COVID-19. However, some OSHA requirements may apply to preventing occupational exposure to COVID-19. Among the most relevant are:

  • OSHA’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standards (in general industry, 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I), which require using gloves, eye and face protection, and respiratory protection.
    • When respirators are necessary to protect workers, employers must implement a comprehensive respiratory protection program in accordance with the Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134).
  • The General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1)of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970, 29 USC 654(a)(1), which requires employers to furnish to each worker “employment and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”

Helpful Links

Food Marketing Institute Coronavirus and Pandemic Preparedness 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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