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By Charlotte Smith

The recent Coronavirus pandemic has many business owners facing some tough decisions regarding business operations and their teams in terms of social distancing.

An important point many officials emphasize is social distancing during times of crisis is extremely important. A recent study done by Bladen County Schools Students attending Clarkton School of Discovery proved social distancing is the best practice to stop a virus pandemic.

Some Bladen County businesses are taking the advice of healthcare leaders and have implemented COVID-19 policies and procedures. Bladen Builders Supply has a note on the door allowing only one person per company or family in the store at a time. Cape Fear Heating & Cooling annouced they have a new policy and procedures in place for their team members.

Anderson’s Drug Store, Clarkton Post Officer, and Walmart have taped off sections on the floor to guide people to social distancing.

Dickerson’s Pharmacy and some restaurants have drive-through services to limit the person to person interaction. Benson’s Grill, Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery, Cindy’s, Diamond Dave’s, San Jose’s and other local restaurants are adjusting to the situation by expanding their services. Curbside, delivery and take-out services are now being offered by local restaurants. To find a list of local restaurants and their contact information check out our article, “Local Restaurants Adjusting and Serving“.

The Department of Safety & Security offered Strategies for Effective Social Distancing

The goal of social distancing is to limit exposure to infectious bacteria and viruses during a communicable disease outbreak. The following strategies may be useful in conducting social distancing:

  • Adhere to public health hygienic recommendations by washing your hands after touching commonly used items or coming into contact with someone who is sick.
  • Proper hand washing involves scrubbing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
    Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth and avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Practice proper coughing or sneezing etiquette.
  • Properly dispose of anything that comes in contact with your mouth such as tissues or plastic eating utensils.
  • Avoid coming in contact with individuals displaying symptoms of illness.
  • If working in close proximity to other individuals, attempt to keep a distance of approximately three feet from the nearest person while working.
  • Avoid congregating in large public venues such as theaters or sporting events.


The following actions should be taken prior to an event that warrants social distancing:

  • Develop a family emergency plan that includes how they would be cared for if they got sick.
  • Maintain a reserve of vital supplies such as food and water and prescriptions medications.
  • Practice proper public health hygiene and hand washing techniques prior to the onset of an event.

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