Coronavirus Resources for Retailers

Updated information around the developing COVID-19 outbreak

The health and safety of customers and workers is retailers’ top priority. In order to assist member retailers, NRF is monitoring the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, situation closely, keeping in touch with government agencies, health experts and retailers as the situation evolves.

In addition to following the health aspects of coronavirus, NRF is addressing the supply chain implications. February is traditionally a slow month for imports, because of the annual Lunar New Year shutdown of factories across China and because of the lull between the holiday season and summer season. But the Chinese government has extended Lunar New Year shutdowns because of the virus, and retail supply chains could be affected if the shutdown continues.

    Latest updates

    Friday, February 28: NRF hosted a retail members-only call on February 28 where representatives from the CDC addressed what retailers need to know about the coronavirus. Listen here.

    Tuesday, February 25: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a business sector conference call on February 21 providing a status update on COVID-19. The recording is available here

    The public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, both globally and to the United States. However, CDC notes that for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low in the United States. 

    The CDC has posted new travel notices for Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Iran and Italy.

    The CDC recently issued Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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    NRF Member Call with CDC

    What retailers need to know about COVID-19

    On February 28, NRF hosted a members-only conference call with Nancy Messonnier, MD, and Lisa M. Koonin of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Listen to the call above to learn more about what retailers need to know about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.


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