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CFIC continues to monitor North and South Carolina’s government response as well as federal and local responses as they pertain to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the grocery industry.

State of North Carolina Executive Orders:

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 164, Issued September 14
Extends certain transportation-related provisions in Executive Orders 116 and 119.

NC Executive Order 215, Issued May 14
Lifts capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements and lifts face covering requirements in most settings (exceptions include health care settings, schools, transportation, correctional and detention facilities, and homeless shelters); does not prohibit or discourage private businesses from setting their own store policies for their employees or guests; businesses are encouraged to post signage requesting people who aren’t vaccinated to wear a mask but there is no requirement to do so.

COVID Liability Waiver Signage – CFIC has updated signage per this latest Executive Order and guidance, in accordance with NCGS 99E-71 that an employer may post to provide immunity from liability due to COVID-19.

State of South Carolina Executive Orders:

Executive Order 2021-22, Issued May 8
Extends the State of Emergency due to COVID-19 for another 15 days (set to expire Saturday, May 22); extends transportation waivers established due to COVID-19; extends price gouging laws.

Executive Order 2021-23, Issued May 11
This order does the following:

  • Prohibits local governments from issuing face covering requirements;
  • Allows parents to decide if a child should wear a face mask in schools; and
  • Prohibits state agencies, local governments and political subdivisions from requiring vaccine passports.

Under this order, businesses are still able to enforce their own face covering requirements.

This order also repeals and replaces Executive Order 2021-12; however, many of the sections previously contained in Executive Order 2021-12, including curbside pickup of beer and wine, are still included in Executive Order 2021-23. This order no longer includes recommended guidelines for restaurants.

Recommended Precautions from the CDC

The CDC website advises employers to:

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
  • Send home sick employees.
  • Perform routine cleaning.
  • Advise employees before traveling to check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest coronavirus guidance and recommendations.
  • More information for businesses can be found on the CDC website here.
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