As COVID-19 continues its spread across our state, many counties or municipalities have enacted stay at home or shelter in place orders. Each order has its own definition of essential workers and essential travel. The orders issued thus far in North Carolina have allowed for essential workers to travel to and from work and anyone to leave their home for essential tasks, such as to buy food or to provide care for a loved one or visit a doctor or hospital.
All sectors of the food supply chain - from the farm to the grocery store or restaurant - have been listed as necessary and vital.
If a local or statewide executive order is enacted that will affect movement, it will be helpful to have documentation that explains your role as a critical employee in the agriculture sector, such as a worker badge, business card or payroll stub. Now is a good time to find that documentation and make plans to have with your while traveling.
In addition, you can print out one of the following documents for presentation to law enforcement if needed. These documents are not required and have no legal authority, but provide background information to a law enforcement officer.