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  • March 24, 2020 1:19 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    **Update from State Director Dan Shaul**

    Dear Members,

    Governor Parson, following moves by other states and Missouri cities, has mandated bars and restaurants to stop serving customers in-house, allowing only drive-thru, carry-out or delivery. This new order took effect yesterday, Monday, March 23rd and as of now will remain in effect until April 6th.

    In addition to the changes in the restaurant’s operations, Governor Parson signed an executive order yesterday allowing for the sale of unprepared foods by restaurants. We have been in contact with the Governor’s office regarding this executive order and have determined that under this order, grocery stores are allowed to sell food intended for the restaurant industry. You can see the Governor’s executive order HERE.

    Please keep us updated on your stores and communities and do not hesitate to let us know how we can be of further assistance.


    Dan Shaul
    State Director
    Missouri Grocers Association

  • March 24, 2020 12:34 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Several retailers have inquired about installing Plexiglass shields at the check-out lanes in their stores, like Dierberg's and Hy-Vee's (see pictures below).

    Here's some DIY information from our friends at Nebraska Grocery Industry Association.

    Angela Barry and her husband installed their own Plexiglass shields in A Street Market in Lincoln, NE. The Plexiglass they used is 1/4" thick and 4'x27" wide. They used heavy duty, double-sided Velcro capable of holding 15 lbs to hold it in place. The total cost was under $100. The final result is the last pictured below.



    A Street Market

  • March 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Dierbergs Markets is working swiftly to help our customers and Associates create distance from one another in an effort to deliberately increase the physical space between people. Starting today, Dierbergs shoppers will begin noticing a difference at checkout lanes as they begin to install plexiglass partitions at the registers. The partitions are an added safety measure to go "above and beyond" the protocols of which Dierbergs Associates are already operating under. The installation will be complete early this week. They also put out this PSA that reminds shoppers to practice social distancing and keep 2 carts between you and everyone else, as much as possible. To view some pictures of their plexiglass visit their facebook page

  • March 23, 2020 1:56 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    While we will continue to post general updates about COVID-19 to this page, we are also posting more member-specific information on our Priority Issues page. To view updates on that page, you will need to be a member of MGA and be logged.  Click Here to read the Priority Issues page now.

  • March 20, 2020 3:25 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    The Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Wednesday and President Trump signed it hours later. The law becomes effective April 2, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2020. The law contains many provisions that are going to be difficult for small businesses specific to paid family and sick leave. In addition the act provides free coronavirus testing, makes changes to Unemployment Insurance, strengthens food security initiatives and increases Medicaid funding.

    Paid Family and Medical Leave The final version was changed by the Senate and includes employees of employers with less than 500 employees, who have been on the job for at least 30 days. The new law requires 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for these employees unable to work (or telework), due to caring for a child if the child's school or place of care has been closed, or is unavailable, due to the coronavirus. Please note: The Act authorizes the Secretary of Labor to exclude certain health care providers and emergency responders from providing extended Family and Medical Leave as well as small businesses with fewer than 50 employees if providing the leave "would jeopardize the viability of the business."

    • The first 10 days of the leave may be unpaid-employees may choose to use any accrued paid time off, including vacation and sick leave to cover this initial 10-day period.
    • If the employee's leave extends past these 10 days, the employee will be paid not less than two-thirds of the employee's regular rate of pay for the regular hours worked. This is capped at $200.00 per day and $10,000.00 in the aggregate.
    • Employers will receive a payroll tax credit for the qualified sick leave wages paid out by the employer, subject to caps based on the reason for the leave and daily maximums.
    • Employers are required to restore employees to their same or similar position unless the following conditions are met: The employer has fewer than 25 employees; The position held no longer exists due to economic or other operating conditions that affect employment and are caused by the public health condition; The employer attempts to restore the employee to a similar position; The attempts to restore to a similar position fail, and the employer contacts the employee if such a position becomes available.

    Paid Sick Leave Employers with fewer than 500 employees are also required to provide two weeks of paid sick leave to their employees. Paid sick leave can be used for the following reasons:

    (1) The employee is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to coronavirus;

    (2) The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to coronavirus;

    (3) The employee is experiencing coronavirus symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis;

    (4) The employee is caring for an individual who is subject to an order as described in reason (1) or has been advised as described in reason (2).

    (5) The employee is caring for a son or daughter of such employee if the school or place of care of the son or daughter has been closed, or the childcare provider of such son or daughter is unavailable, due to the coronavirus.

    (6) The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor.

    • Employees who go on paid sick leave for reasons (1), (2), or (3) will be paid at their regular rate of pay. Employees who use their leave for reasons (4), (5), or (6) will be paid at two-thirds the employee's regular rate of pay. In no event, however, shall the paid sick leave exceed $511.00 per day and $5,110.00 in the aggregate for reasons (1), (2), or (3), or $200.00 per day and $2,000.00 in the aggregate for reasons (4), (5), or (6).
    • Full-time employees are entitled to two weeks (80 hours) and part-time employees are entitled to the typical number of hours they work in a typical two-week period.
    • Employers cannot require employees to use other paid leave provided by the employer before using Paid Sick Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Employers with existing sick leave policies must provide paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in addition to the existing leave available.
    • Employers can receive a payroll tax credit for the qualified sick leave wages paid out by the employer, subject to caps based on the reason for the leave and both daily and quarterly maximums.

    COVID-19 Testing Requires all private insurers to provide FREE coverage for COVID-19 testing, including the cost of a provider, urgent care, and emergency room visits in order to receive testing.

    Unemployment Insurance Provides adequate funding for unemployment compensation for eligible individuals. The one-week waiting period for unemployment compensation will remain up to the states, but the Act will provide for temporary federal matching for the first week for those states with no waiting week.

  • March 20, 2020 2:46 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    A new MOWIC 2020-1 COVID-19 Emergency Response document is now available. 

    Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Substitutions for formula, milk, eggs, bread, and peanut butter have been introduced. Please see the document linked below for more information.

    Effective Monday, March 23, 2020: WIC will decrease the maximum quantity allowed on checks for certain food items to allow WIC customers to purchase smaller quantities of food items.

    Click here to read the full Emergency Response document.

  • March 20, 2020 12:50 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Dear MGA Members,

    The Missouri Grocers Association understands that while this has been a very busy time for your businesses, there is also so much confusion regarding new rules and regulations imposed at the local levels. Many of these regulations are different from county to county or even city to city and go further than those changes imposed by Governor Parson. We are doing our best to keep up with all these changes. If you are aware of any ordinances in your respective communities that go further than the recommendations of Governor Parson, please let us know.

    In our conversations with the Governor's leadership team, we explained to them how each community creating their own rules and regulations creates confusion amongst businesses and consumers. We need to have consistent rules and guidelines for continued success and customer trust.

    We are also working with our state leaders and grocery industry leaders across the country to ensure that we can get access to Personal Protective Equipment and priority testing for our industry workers. We agree that medical personnel and first responders do and should remain to come first in terms of access. Workers in the grocery and RX businesses are on the front lines and providing vital services to all Missourians on a daily basis, and therefore we need to ensure that their health and safety remains a top priority.

    Our industry remains to be stronger together. Please let us know how we can continue to be of assistance to your stores and communities.


    Dan Shaul
    State Director
    The Missouri Grocers Association

  • March 20, 2020 12:24 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Cosentino's Markets in Kansas City, MO, is hiring and they're looking specifically for workers who've lost work due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

    Read the full March 17, 2020, article here.

  • March 20, 2020 11:41 AM | Greene (Administrator)

    On March 19, 2020, Hammons Products Company issued a statement regarding its continuing availability of Black Walnuts Products.  They have taken steps to protect their company from COVID-19, including daily screenings of employees. They continue to operate and ship with no interruption in service.

    Read the full document here.

  • March 20, 2020 11:34 AM | Greene (Administrator)

    On March 19, 2020, Hy-Vee announced it has begun installing temporary protective windows at checkouts to better protect employees and customers.

    Reusable shopping bags are no longer allowed in Hy-Vee until further notice.

    Read  the full Hy-Vee Press Release here.

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