Businesses reflect on reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic

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FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Salons, restaurants and retailers opened earlier this month in line with Govenor Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana Plan.

Kaitlyn Ashby, owner of Brush and Blush Beauty Lounge in Vincennes, said the environment in her salon is not what it used to be.

“I do a lot of families in here and so keeping the head count down in the salon and being conscious of that. I know sometimes it’s inconvenient not being able to bring all of your kids in at the exact same time,” she said.

Ashby said finding the common items that both stylists and clients touch while in the salon was a difficult task.

“Little things like that you don’t necessarily think about in your normal cleaning but you had to sit down and go through the client process,” Ashby explained. “When a client comes into a salon this is what they touch. While we’re here, this is what we touch and really consider what points of infection or points of contact someone could have in our salon or our stylist.”

Connor Klein owns Swirls, an ice cream shop located in Vincennes. He said although their level of business hasn’t changed, their customers are not allowed to pick up their own toppings from the bar.

“With us being a self serve concept, it’s been all over the place as far as self serve concepts. Buffets can’t be open. Then they’ve gone back to reopening and re-closing. It’s just back and forth trying to come up with a new concept for us as far as what our process is going to look like,” Klein said.

Red Wing Shoes in Terre Haute is limiting the amount of customers in the store to four at a time and they’ve also adjusted the way customers make purchases.

“We fit the person and put the shoe on them and lace it for them so those are the types of things we can’t do right now. So we’ve just been letting them know that it is a service we normally offer, but right now we can’t,” said Kala Hudgens, an employee at Red Wing Shoes.

Ashby said she believes that all businesses can learn a lesson from the pandemic.

“I think so many businesses have learned from this also ways to move forward and ways to be safer in future pandemics and future situations for their business and how to plan and how to be better prepared,” she concluded.

Starting next week on May 24, Governor Holcomb’s plan will allow for gyms and fitness centers to reopen with restrictions in place and retailers will be able to allow 75% capacity.

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