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Small businesses adapt to the ever-changing COVID-19 reality.

New York (AP) – For a brief moment this summer, small businesses seemed to be taking a break from the onslaught of epidemics. More Americans, many of whom had been vaccinated, visited restaurants and shops without the need for masks or social distance.

But then cases escalated due to delta variations, pressure for a vaccine mandate and reluctance to take further COVID-19 precautions. Now, small business owners are trying to strike a balance between staying safe and returning when fully open.

Moving on to the ever-changing reality of the corona virus comes with a number of risks, from financial hardship to consumer harassment. As winter approaches and external alternatives become more limited, these challenges may intensify. Still, small business owners say Whiplash is capable of keeping customers and employees as safe as possible.

“Just a few weeks ago, small business owners expressed hope that our recovery would begin in New York.

New York City Vaccines were ordered for consumers in August. For Francesmart CEO Dan Roy, who runs the Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, the mandate has been a financial burden and a headache. The Brooklyn Dumpling Shop opened for the first time in May and has six staff members. This epidemic-friendly format is unconnected and automatic.

“It was built to be a low-income restaurant,” Roy said. Glass separates the kitchen and staff from customers who order food from an app. When the kitchen finishes cooking, it has an automatic window, so that workers do not come into contact with customers.

“We’ve engineered this great low-labor restaurant, and the government is forcing us to step back,” he said.

Roy had to hire another staff to check the vaccine card at the door, which increased his overhead. Her complaint is that retail stores and grocery-ready whole foods, such as groceries, do not face the same restrictions.

“It’s not right what is happening and it’s not practical,” he said.

Changing rules can lead to customer confusion – and even some resentment. Suzanne Lucy has owned a 158-page bookstore in Wake Forest, NC for six years. When the epidemic broke out, the store was closed for three months. Page 158 Books reopened last July, and gradually increased store capacity from 5 to 12 in compliance with state guidelines. Capacity limits were removed before the holidays last year.

When case numbers began to crawl this summer, Lucy’s zip code became the third largest in the state for COVID-19 cases. They have a sign in the window that says they need a mask inside the store, but to back them up without state or city laws, they are not enforcing it.

Lucy said that only one or two people a month ignore this principle.

“It’s difficult. You don’t want to take people away. But I want my staff to feel safe.” I don’t want my staff to feel like they have to be fighters. That’s the way we handle it. Most people have a lot of respect. ”

Alison Glasgow, McNally Jackson Bookstore Director of Operations. New York, Echoes of Lucy’s Emotions

Its stores comply with state and city laws for restrictions. There is a cafe in the store, which is a must follow. New York City Order bookstores for vaccinated customers also need vaccination proof at events. Otherwise, masks are optional, although it is recommended that users and staff be vaccinated.

“When you try to monitor people’s vaccination status, you may look the opposite,” he said. “It’s not ‘Hey, welcome!’ What you’ve always wanted to do – there’s a little bit of a hindrance.

Although safety is everyone’s priority, changes can be the same for owners and staff. Jennifer Williams, founder and CEO of St. Louis Closet Company, a wardrobe organization, said the company first went to great lengths to implement the Covid 19 project, which includes masking and cleaning.

“We don’t have the option to work from home, our business is in our manufacturing plant and in our client’s homes, so we had to adjust quickly to the onset of the epidemic with cowardly precautions,” he said.

It eliminated the need for masks on July 1, when its staff were fully vaccinated, cases of Covid 19 were declining, and CDC recommendations changed. But it was short-lived.

In early August, Missouri was one of the first three states to have corona virus cases. Williams re-enacted the Mask Mandate.

Williams staff can spend up to eight hours a day masking a customer’s home closet installation system. “Employees are under a lot of stress,” Williams said.

Jessica Benheim, owner of Lomos Yoga & Berry, an independent fitness studio in Philadelphia, gradually increased the size of the classes from late spring to summer, but limited them to 12, less than the pre-epidemic level of 18 students and yoga. For 14 waiters

Although the city has lifted the capacity restrictions, they are limiting them if the restrictions are lifted. It abolished the mask requirement for vaccine students on June 15, but reinstated it when Philadelphia enacted the mask mandate in mid-August. Vaccinated students can take off their masks as they reach their mats.

“Over the last 18 months, there has been a steady adjustment,” Benham said. “More than anything, it’s been balancing the adjustment with an effort to make sense for my staff and customers.”

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