Updated: Jul 22, 2020
This is my first time writing a blog. This oughta be fun!
With so many new guidelines to adhere to with the need for PPE for employees and in some cases customers I can only imagine the headache the owners of many of our local restaurants, bars, etc. are going through coupled with the fact that they literally just lost a couple months of revenue. It's going to be a battle to get back to normal, whatever normal will become, but I have faith in our communities and businesses that we all shall overcome these challenges together.
Some interesting data from a research poll released by Strategies 360, found that 67% of Americans are uncomfortable shopping with only 33% comfortable. The most staggering number was 78% being uncomfortable going to restaurants with only 22% comfortable. (see report).
Not only is 78% fewer people willing to go out and eat at restaurants, most restaurants are only seating 40% capacity as well. So, that means that only 40% of the 22% of the willing Americans that will go out and eat can be served at a time. Get ready for long wait times or the rise in outdoor dining unless you are in a cold winter state, like mine, then wait times is your only choice.
My family and I are apart of the 22% so when restaurants opened up we went and dined in at one of our favorite local restaurants, because we feel that supporting our local businesses is very important. The staff had on masks, and the menu's were paper and only touched by the hostess and ourselves, and after we ordered the waitress threw the menus in the trash. For those people, my wife especially, that hate when the waiter or waitress comes and grabs your cup and takes it to get you a refill, rests assured COVID-19 has assisted in making sure that won't happen ever again.
Flipping the script back to businesses. As businesses continue to open at various stages the CDC on May 6th released the 'Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), May 2020' and under the 'Prevent and Reduce Transmission Among Employees' the CDC asks employers to 'Consider conducting daily in-person or virtual health checks' either by asking if their employees have symptoms or by temperature screening before employees enter the premises.
Imagine 6 months ago being told you would have to get your temperature scanned before entering your workplace, I would have lost my mind, but today, it's a necessary precaution. That's the new reality we are moving into. Where thermal scanners are at the front doors and entering the premises now is decided by a temperature check to assure that you don't have a temperature above 100.4 degrees.
All though scientists are saying that a skin reading isn't an accurate assessment of the temperature the reality is that if you are a customer you most likely aren't going out to eat when you are feeling under the weather, not sure about you, but when I had the flu or a cold I stayed in bed. The chances of an employee going to work with a temperature is very likely. People have families to feed, and after losing a couple of months of work or losing their jobs all together it is going to be tough to tell people to stay home when they have bills to pay.
So, for the foreseeable future thermal temperatures taken at doors, masks, and gloves for employees will be how businesses hurdle the tasks of helping customers feel safe to visit their establishment. It will take everyone working together to feel safe and comfortable again.
So, If you feel comfortable and are willing to support your local businesses they can use your support. If you do not feel comfortable be confident that from the sounds of it many businesses are making the needed adjustments to offer a sanitary and safe environment for their employees and their customers.
Be safe and healthy my friends!