I want to assure you that I am taking the health and well-being of our community, customers, and associates very seriously. Like you, I have closely been monitoring the quickly developing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, I will continue to practice safe social distancing. Governor DeSantis has moved most of the State of Florida into Phase 1 of our recovery steps. Now most non-essential retail stores can open their doors once again with some restrictions.
Many of you have called or emailed me about whether I will be open on May 4th. In answer to that question, YES, with some restrictions. In an effort not to go backward with the progress that has been made, I will let 2 people in at a time to shop the store. Everyone will have to wear a face mask including me. I will take appointments, otherwise it will be by "chance" that 2 people are not already in the store.
For the past month starting April 1, I have taken mail orders and "walk-up" orders. This will continue if you would like to place an order, I can have it ready to hand to you at the door, process your credit card or cash and you will not have to wait if 2 people are already in the store.
The door will remain locked if 2 people are in the shop, so call me or tap on the door. As you have experienced, wearing a face mask is not fun. I will be taking a few breaks from wearing mine to drink and have lunch.
I will continue these restrictions for 2 weeks and re-evaluate on May 16th as to whether this should continue or will open the door for access to everyone all day long. This will depend on those statistics that we have been closely monitoring.
We are all in this together. I pray that we all remain healthy and continue to support each other. I pray for those who have lost their loved ones and friends to this terrible virus. Thank you for all your support of a very small business. It is truly a blessing to have you there for me.