Our President and Owner, Scott Carr, shared the following information with our employees in regards to the announcement from NC Governor Cooper on a transition to Phase 1 COVID-19 restrictions. You can read the full announcement from the Governor here.
The Governor of North Carolina has announced that the state of North Carolina can transition to Phase 1 of easing COVID-19 restrictions beginning today, May 8th, at 5 PM. According to the Governor, Phase 1 is designed to be a limited easing of restrictions that can boost parts of our economy while keeping important safety rules in place.
Today’s order removes the distinction between essential and non-essential businesses. Retail businesses are allowed to open at 50% capacity and will be required to direct customers to stand 6 feet apart, perform frequent cleanings, provide hand sanitizer when available, screen workers for symptoms and more. The Order allows people to leave their homes for commercial activity at any business that is open.
Certain businesses remain closed, including bars, personal care businesses, entertainment venues, and gyms. Restaurants may only continue to serve customers for drive-through, take-out, and delivery. All workers at retail and other businesses are recommended to wear cloth face coverings. Teleworking is still encouraged for businesses that can practice it.
What I want everyone to know is that entering Phase 1 will not affect our business or operations. We will continue to follow the same protocols that have been implemented to protect the health and safety of our employees. Specifically, this includes…
- Temperature screenings upon entrance into facilities
- Mandatory face masks and gloves on the warehouse floor
- Regularly washing/sanitizing hands
- Frequent cleaning of workstations and any shared equipment
- Maintain social distancing (six feet of distance)
- Filling out self-declaration forms
- Teleworking for non-essential employees
- Restricting travel-related activities between facilities
- Limiting the number of people visiting the facilities to essential