COVID – The Legalities – Update #5 – 230 – 3/30/20
The Compliance Corner
By Mary Beth Williams
Today, Governor Northam issued a Stay at Home order, EO 55, https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-55-Temporary-Stay-at-Home-Order-Due-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf. The EO mandates that citizens stay home, with a number of exceptions, and the focus in this EO is really on individual behavior rather than business activity. The good news is that, at this point, the limitations already in place on your businesses remain have not been enhanced, so what worked yesterday works tomorrow as well.
Obtaining food, beverages, goods, or services via curbside pick up, take out, and delivery remains permissible. No sales for on-premises consumption can be made. No more than 10 patrons, with enforced social distancing and heightened sanitization, can be at the winery to buy wine to take home with them. Non-retail-businesses like agriculture and manufacturing had no further restrictions put on them under this order.
We’re attaching a template of a letter you can give to your employees is attached, although we don’t think it’s needed at this time. As the stance, and perhaps language, continues to evolve in Virginia, we’ll update you and will update the template to mirror those changes at that time.
These additional measures were put in place because people weren’t complying with the guidelines already in place. We highly recommend that, if you haven’t already done so, you make your primary point of sale outside, and you limit the patron’s ability to touch bottles, countertops, etc. so that your need to sanitize is reduced. The additional measures announced today were put in place because people weren’t complying with the existing guidelines. Remain cognizant of the guidelines for our industry so that we don’t face more limitations.
Mary Beth Williams is the President of Williams Compliance and Consulting Group, LLC, a compliance services and legal consulting provider based in Hanover County, Virginia. For more information, contact Mary Beth at Marybeth@williamscompliance.com or (804) 445-2924.
Last edited Wednesday, April 1, 2020