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Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses’ Reopening 

Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses’ Reopening 

In March 2020, COVID-19 has caused many disruptions in the United States, including the closures of many businesses. However, this week, South Carolina is preparing to reopen many of its stores as the state’s mandatory home or work order has been lifted. As a result of this recent change in legislature, residents are concerned about how they may be impacted.

COVID-19 is Still a Threat

In April 2020, South Carolina Governor, Henry McMaster, issued two executive orders to reopen many businesses. Under the new order, department stores and retailers determined to be “nonessential” can reopen. This means that sporting goods, books, music, shoes, craft, jewelry, flowers, luggage, and leather stores can reopen. Further, outdoor dining at restaurants can resume under the new order.

Although businesses and other specific industries are on the verge of reopening, it is important to know that things are not back to normal and that these establishments must take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For example, stores must limit occupancy to five customers per 1,000 square feet. Moreover, South Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce Robert Hitt stated that changes will be made to ensure that workplaces and business places are safe so that people feel good coming back to them.

Am I Required to Go to Work?

If you are considered an essential worker or your business has reopened, you must still go to work. Companies are encouraged to report any workers who decline to leave unemployment and resume their jobs to the director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, Dan Ellzey.

Furthermore, if you are concerned about the amount of protective equipment available at your place of employment or believe the social distancing are not being followed, you are encouraged to file a complaint with South Carolina’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA will investigate to ensure that your workplace is safe.

Call an Attorney If You Contract COVID-19

If you return to work and start to develop symptoms of the coronavirus, consider speaking to a doctor. The Medical University of South Carolina offers people the chance to speak with a professional without going to a hospital. You can go to www.musc.care to speak with a provider through a phone or computer about your symptoms and whether you have COVID-19.

If you or a loved one was mandated to return to work and you discover that you have tested positive for COVID-19 as a result of your job, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Christmas Injury Lawyers have experience with these types of cases and may be able to assist you in your fight. We have the resources necessary to help you present a valid argument as to why you deserve relief. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.

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