Market Demand: Grocery Continues To See Sharp Demand
Grocery stores saw a sharp spike in visits around March 11 and 13 as the virus spread and concerns heightened, according to Foursquare. The spread has caused many U.S. consumers to panic buy and stock up on goods, creating massive spikes in demand
at grocery stores and warehouse clubs.
Grocery delivery apps
also saw record download levels due to the outbreak. On Sunday, online grocery apps, including Instacart, Walmart Grocery and Shipt hit yet another new record for daily downloads for their respective apps, according to Apptopia. Comparing the average daily downloads in February to March 15, Instacart, Walmart Grocery and Shipt have seen their daily downloads surge by 218%, 160% and 124%, respectively.
Labor Screening: The ADA and Rehabilitation Act, COVID-19 Guidance
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is clarifying requirements around the ADA and Rehabilitation Act and providing guidance on employee screening related to the coronavirus. The EEOC makes clear that COVID-19 guidance is rapidly evolving and that employers should continue to track the most current information.
Of particular interest is this question: When may an ADA-covered employer take the body temperature of employees during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Generally, measuring an employee's body temperature is a medical examination. Because the CDC and state/local health authorities have acknowledged community spread of COVID-19 and issued attendant precautions, employers may measure employees' body temperature. However, employers should be aware that some people with COVID-19 do not have a fever.
Small-Business Relief: A Look at First Laws in Response to the Pandemic
The first coronavirus response law (Public Law 116-123) provided $8 billion for health and international programs and made $7 billion in small business loans available. A second package (H.R. 6201) provides paid leave, tax credits, expanded unemployment and nutrition assistance, and free testing. A third legislative response is underway with negotiations between Congress and the administration. Tax breaks or other aid for affected industries are expected.
COVID-19 Coverage Roundup
Here’s today’s roundup from our crisis communication agency, FleishmanHillard.
Food & Agriculture COVID-19 Monitoring