COVID-19 Daily Viticulture Update 3/27/2020

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COVID-19 Daily Viticulture Update 3/27/2020

While global wine supply chains still operate, NC grape and wine businesses, depending mostly on local sales and Agritourism, did take a hard hit when COVID-19 implemented closures were put in place. Today’s signed CAREs act can have several functions to bring relief to businesses in NC.

Important content:

  • NC Executive Order No.121: Stay at Home, effective Mon, Mar 30, 5 p.m.
  • CARES Act explained for Grape and Wine Businesses

Information from Whit Winslow, NCDA&CS:

Today, Governor Cooper just signed Executive Order No. 121 “Stay-at-Home” (attached). The Order is effective Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. and will remain in effect for 30 days. *Where State Order and Local Order differ, the more restrictive Order applies. 

Here a list on Local Orders by County.

er EO121, can we continue our limited operations (in compliance with EO118) as an agricultural business? Read:

  • EO121: Section 2. C. 7.
  • EO121: Section 2. C. 30.
  • EO121: Section 2. H.

Due to my physical restrictions, I have out of town family wanting to come help? Read:

  • EO121: Section 1. 3. iv.
  • EO121: Section 2. 5.

Will the rules set by EO118 be extended beyond the original date of March 31, 2020? Read:

  • EO121: Section 2. H.
  • EO121: Section 7.

Can my employees still come to work – is my operation considered “essential infrastructure”? Read:

  • EO121: Section 2. C. 1.
  • EO121: Section 2. C. 2.
  • EO121: Section 2. C. 8.

IMPORTANT: document as method to notify law enforcement or anyone else that a person is involved in the essential agriculture industry. Please have every employee carry one: Notice of Essential Food and Agriculture Employee (PDF)

Important Resources:

COVID-19 Resources: NC Grape and Wine Council

COVID-19 Resources: NC Hospitality Industry

Wine Business Blog

NC State Food Safety

NC State COVID-19 Farming Resources

CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) ACT

The Wine Institute is working to schedule a webinar with representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide further details on how wineries can apply for these programs. We will continue to share information on the CARES Act as it becomes available. We will keep you updated on this!

Please visit the Wine Institute Website for explanation of business related  of the CARES Act, especially: Small Business Paycheck Protection Program; Employee Retention Tax Credit; Deferral of Payroll Taxes; Expanded Net Operating Loss (NOL) Provisions; Expanded Net Interest Deduction

More information on the Small Business sections of the CARES Act see:

Small Business Provisions of CARE Act (PDF)

Section-by-Section Analysis of Small Business Provisions

Section-by-Section: Tax, Unemployment, Insurance

Winery and Food Safety

Winery Sanitation and Safety

NC State: COVID-19 Food Safety Resources

Marketing & Sales

Take Our survey:

Please take our COVID-19 Survey. The survey runs until 3/30 and is important for us to determine how we can support you best. The survey is anonymous and will only take 3 min.


How can I help my community?

Please work with churches and other community leaders together. We have put together a list of how to help your community on our NC State Horticulture COVID-19 Farming Resources page. Please also find the CEFS response, contact the interfaith food shuttle and the community food peer network if you want to help! Also, find a food bank near you.

If you don’t have the time and resources to donate food, money, or to volunteer, the best thing you can do is stay home. Follow orders from your local government if they install a shelter-in-place order, and provide encouraging words to your neighbors and family members.

If you are in need of assistance, here are some links to food and nutrition resources:

We also urge you to practice social distancing, provide safe work environments for your staff and employees, and to take care of your own health and wellbeing. Here are some links to advice and resources that should help people cope, process, and maintain their health during these trying times. We hope to expand resources on this kind of support in the coming weeks.


The NC Farmworker Health Program put together a document to help farmers assess an employee reporting a fever or cough. The FDA also has a helpful FAQ website that addresses what to do if an employee falls ill with COVID-19.

The CDC has put together a series of posters and factsheets on COVID-19 in both English and Spanish. The webpage you’re taken to also has a map of farmworker health clinics in NC . Please ensure that all of your farmworkers are informed and feel safe working on your farm. 

Daily NC and Global COVID-19 Update

As of 3/27/2020, 3:55 p.m.: a total of 15,136 people in NC were tested for the virus. 763 people in NC were tested positive, 3 people have died in NC due to COVID-19.

NCDHHS Coronavirus Information Page

As of 3/27/2020, 8:36 p.m.: 595,800 people worldwide are known to be infected with the virus. 27,394 people worldwide have died due to COVID-19.

World-Wide Covid-19 GIS Tracker  

This post was written by Emma Volk ( and Mark Hoffmann

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Mark Hoffmann, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Mark HoffmannSmall Fruits Extension Specialist, Assistant Professor, Strawberry and Grape Call Dr. Mark Email Dr. Mark Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on Mar 28, 2020
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