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Preparing for the Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Rutherford County
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As Rutherford County braces for the impact of the novel coronavirus, much is still unknown and uncertain about the outcomes of this virus in our region. In other parts of the country and the world, the public health and economic impacts are unprecedented. We all have a part to play in stopping the spread of this virus. Please follow all of the social distancing guidelines set forth by our national, state, and local leaders in order to stop the spread of this virus.
Our office aims to be a resource for anyone in the local business community who has any questions or issues as we move forward in this state of emergency. Our Business Development Coordinator, Stephanie Rzonca, will be suspending regular Rutherford Business Boost meeting requests, but will be available to you via phone and email if a need should arise. We want to provide you with the resources currently available to business owners at the state level, as well as some local news and information about the effort to contain this virus. We will continuously update this page with the latest news and information.
State, and Local Response
Under Executive Order 147, people must wear face coverings when in public places where physical distancing is not possible. In addition, certain businesses must have employees and customers wear face coverings, including retail businesses, restaurants, personal care and grooming; employees of child care centers and camps; state government agencies under the Governor’s Cabinet; workers and riders of transportation; and workers in construction/trades, manufacturing, agriculture, meat processing and healthcare and long-term care settings.
Certain businesses are open at limited capacity with other requirements and recommendations, including: restaurants at 50 percent dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; personal care businesses, including salons and barbers, at 50 percent capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; pools at 50 percent capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Employees of personal care businesses will be required to wear face coverings. Teleworking is also urged when possible.
Some businesses remain closed in Phase 2, including: bars; night clubs; gyms and indoor fitness facilities; indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and bowling alleys.
Executive Order No. 138: Easing Restrictions on Travel, Business Operations, and Mass Gatherings,
Phase 1 - Beginning May 8 at 5 P.M.
"Enough of the key indicators are moving in the right direction to make this transition to Phase 1. Public health experts’ analysis indicate that if restrictions are eased gradually with safety practices still in place, North Carolina can benefit from increased economic activity without a surge in new cases."
Click here to read the FAQs about this order.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Guidelines
CDC Guidelines for Businesses & Employers
Current guidance for COVID-19
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
COVID-19 Information and Guidance
North Carolina Department of Commerce
Solutions for NC Businesses & Employers
The North Carolina Department of Commerce offers this page of resources below to help you navigate common issues you may encounter, as you help your company weather the unusual circumstances COVID-19 has brought to our state.
One good way to get started? Call Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) toll-free at (800) 228-8443.
The experienced business counselors at Business Link North Carolina, which people also call "blink" or 'BLNC,' take questions over the phone and will then point you in the right direction towards answers and solutions. Counselors are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. The BLNC team will connect you to the appropriate organization for assistance. All inquiries will receive a confidential response within three (3) business days. “Se Habla Español.”