Business Response to the Pandemic and Restrictions
One place where the effects of the Coronavirus and the shutdowns have had significant impact is on businesses who, sometimes at a moments notice, were forced to close down for the safety of all involved. For more than a few businesses this would be the last time they closed their doors, never to open to costumers again. But for others as cases got more under control and strict public safety guidelines were lifted, their doors were once again able to to open to the public. Under a new set of guidelines buienesses were able to get back to what they do best, serving their cusomers. These are a few of the stories of businesses, their employees, and the local community, as all three work to outlast the pandemic.
"I'm looking for something else because I just see that now i'm unessential"
-Niki Taylor, Small Buisness Owner
One of the mainstays of health and safety guidelines throughout the pandemic, masks remain an important requirement for businesses to reopen. The items below are a few that speak to the increased awareness of mask wearing and the socilization of mask wearing that continue to play a major role in combatting the spread of COVID-19 and making sure that those buinesses that do reopen can operate safely.
In addition to masking buisnesses had to adapt to the new safety guidelines in order to reopen and prioritize patron safety. This was done through many ways inclduing closing indoor dining and moving to wither carry out only or drive through, moving to contactless order procedures and more. The items below show some of the ways that businesses adapted during their reopening process.
After masking and adapting, buisnesses then turned their focus on surviving the new world that awaited them and their customers. The items below begin to tell the story of what everyday life is like for businesses and their employees, and how the defenition of "normal" continues to change amongst a world still fighting a global and deadly pandemic.