COVID-19 Farmers Update 12/10/2020

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COVID-19 Farmers Update 12/10/2020

North Carolina: Executive Order 181 Explained

The new Executive Order 181 (Implementing a Modified Stay at Home Order and Requiring Nighttime Closure for Certain Businesses and Activities for All North Carolinians During Overnight Hours) brings some major changes for businesses and residents in North Carolina amid the rise of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in North Carolina. The North Carolina government has release a FAQ sheet that addresses commonly asked questions. Please protect others over the holidays.

THE ORDER IS EFFECTIVE FROM DECEMBER 11 2020, 5 p.m. to JANUARY 8 2021, 5 p.m.

Here are some major changes under this order:

  • All individuals in North Carolina must stay at home for the night between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. (unless exceptions apply).
  • Events and convenings outside of the home must end by 10 p.m. and guests must leave the establishment.
  • Sale of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption is prohibited between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Certain businesses need to close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. (inside dining restaurants, bars, entertainment, museums, parks, retail etc.). Grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations are not affected.
  • Capacity for indoor (10) and outdoor (50) gatherings remain in place until January 8 2021.
  • FACE COVERINGS are REQUIRED for all public indoor settings or when non-family members are present indoors, regardless of social distancing or the individuals health!
  • FACE COVERINGS are also REQUIRED for public outdoor gatherings, if a six-feet distance can’t be achieved between non-household members.

Please find more details in the FAQ sheet.

CFAP2: Hurry up, Applications End December 11, 2020

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP2) covers more than 230 specialty crops, including strawberry, blueberry, caneberry, and grapes as well as nursery operations! If your operation was affected by COVID-19, apply online here. You have until December 11, 2020 (tomorrow) at 5 p.m. EST. Please reach out to your local Extension agent or crop specialist for help!

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Daily COVID-19 Update as of 12/10/2020:

  • North Carolina (12:07 p.m. EST (12/9/2020): 410,527 confirmed positive/ 5,661 deaths
  • USA (9:26 a.m. EST): 15,393,571 positive/ 289,541 deaths
  • World (12:33 p.m. EST): 69,069,399 positive/ 1,572,565 deaths 

Other Helpful Resources:

COVID-19: Farming Resources, NC State Extension

Food Safety, NC State Extension

COVID-19 Resources and Information, NC State Extension

NCDA&CS COVID-19 Resources and important Documents

CEFS COVID-19 Resources

Farms & Agribusiness

This post was created by Mark Hoffmann and Rania Hassan