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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 190, Issued January 27
Extends the allowance of mixed beverages to go through Wednesday, March 31 at 5:00 pm.

NC Executive Order 195, Issued February 24
Eases some restrictions; remains in effect until March 26 at 5:00 pm.

Notable Retail Changes:

  • Stores over 15,000 sf are no longer required to station a person at entry to monitor face coverings and occupancy
  • Removes curfew previously in place from 10pm – 5am
  • Alcohol sales for on-premises consumption extended until 11pm (was previously limited to 9pm)
  • Outdoor businesses at 30% occupancy with no cap (previously capped at 100 people)
  • The lesser of 30% or 250 people allowed at Bars, Taverns, Movie Theaters, Indoor Sports Arenas, Indoor parks
  • Large indoor venues (5,000+ seats) may exceed the 250-person cap and admit guests up to 15% of fire capacity if they follow the additional required safety measures
  • All outdoor venues are allowed 30% capacity (No cap)
  • Mass gathering limit increased to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors (from 10 and 25)

Remaining Requirements:

  • Store occupancy remains restricted to lesser of 50% stated fire capacity or 12 customers per 1,000 sf as long as social distancing can be maintained
  • Retail businesses are required to have all employees and guests wear face coverings
  • Mark six feet of spacing in lines at point of sale and other high-traffic areas
  • Follow the core signage, screening and sanitation requirements as defined in EO 195

State of South Carolina Executive Orders:

SC Executive Order 2020-73, Issued November 25
Executive Order 73 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-premises 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
  • The sale of alcohol for off-premises consumption is still allowable 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
  • Click here for more details about Executive Order 2020-73

SC Executive Order 2021-010, Issued February 22
Extends the State of Emergency due to COVID-19 for another 15 days (set to expire March 8); also extends Executive Order 2020-73.

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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