A word to the wise
As most are aware, the Governor of Georgia announced the plan to reopen the state Friday, April, 24,2020. Now the question is, will we follow suit? Continue reading and let’s determine based on facts and ethics.
There is still much we do not know about the COVID-19 virus.
Like how widespread is it? Or the long term effects the pandemic will have on the community? Truly a lot of discoveries are being made each day some are backed by scientific proof and others are pure speculation.
To be honest, the announcement that came Monday, April 20, 2020, was no surprise. When you think about it, you have a mere imperfect man trying to make decisions based on emotions, politics, and economic impact. Not a good place to be in.
LET’S BE REAL
I get it, this pandemic has created a great deal of anxiety and hardships for many of us. And the thought of being able to open our doors and resume business is very much so my desire.
But not at the risk of my health, my team members’ health and our clients’ health.
PROCEED WITH CAUTION
You may have noticed, we’ve never discussed or released a proposed opening date. Even when we received the original announcement that we would be closed for two weeks and then allowed to reopen.
For one, I felt that there was no way outside of a miracle that the situation at hand would be under control in two weeks. The next announcement came to extend it to the 30th of April. Still no mention of a re-opening date from The Hair Wellness Group.
Fast forward to April 20, 2020, an announcement made to re-open the state of Georgia. A decision based on limited data, assumptions, and what’s known about other viruses.
Hmm… is the situation under control? When you look at the stats locally and worldwide you may be led to believe it’s safe to venture back out and that things are under control.
REMEMBER HOW IT SPREADS
When you think about how the virus spreads that fact alone makes it very challenging to safely go back to our normal habits. The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and quickly fall on floors or surfaces.
You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth. Which is a hard habit to break.
And what’s really alarming is that we all can be asymptomatic carriers and not even know it!
THE RE-OPENING PHASE
There is likely going to be a gradual phase to our re-opening process. I will be asking all of my high-risk immune-compromised clients to definitely refrain from resuming services until we know that it’s safe and the situation is under control.
I’m entertaining a few options such as staggering the workdays starting out. For example offering services on a Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Do be mindful that we will NOT be able to see all clients the week we resume services.
We will still follow your routine scheduled appointments. We will notify you in advance of any adjustments needing to be made to your schedule.
Your patience and understanding during this time of transition will be greatly appreciated.
I guess you are able to conclude that we will not be re-opening on Friday, April 24, 2020. It is my duty and responsibility to take reasonable precautions and to respond based on facts, not on fear.
When we resume services, we will continue to be mindful of handwashing, sanitizing and servicing one client at a time.
But you may be wondering … When will we open? The best answer I can give you now is when we deem it to be safe for all!
I’m open to suggestions as well.
I’m asking that we all stay vigilant in protecting ourselves, keeping our immune systems strong, and heeding the social distancing recommendations.
- Disinfect surfaces
- Practice respiratory hygiene
- Wash your hands frequently
- Maintain distance from others who are sick
- Seek medical care immediately if you are sick
We will be in communication as to when we deem it safe to move forward with the re-opening and any other details to make your reintroduction salon experience relaxing and therapeutic.
Until then, I’m available to support you in any way that I can.
Yours in Wellness,