Trade Groups Ask States To Keep Consumer Health Industry Lights On During Covid-19 Pandemic
“We have a responsibility to stay open and provide essential services, and that is exactly what we are going to do,” says NPA head Dan Fabricant. AHPA, CHPA, CRN and UNPA ask all US states to include VMS retailers and other nutritional supplement stores as part of “critical infrastructure” the Trump administration said must continue operating as the country responds to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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VMS businesses are deemed essential in Department of Homeland Security guidance that provides as basis for orders by most states and localities across the US. During an AHPA webinar, attorney Trent Norris says the federal government prefers leaving business exemptions to shut-down decisions to the states.
As states and territories order closures of non-essential businesses, with supermarkets and pharmacies considered essential stores, NPA urges governors to consider the importance of its members’ and other natural health product firms’ contributions to their communities.
Latest warnings also include second and third businesses in US cannabidiol and hemp sector found making unlawful claims for treating and preventing COVID-19. Four of five firms warned apparently responded by removing violative claims from websites and social media posts.