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Health; Retirement in The Villages

Coronavirus: A Small Business Reduces Collateral Damage & the Band Plays On

Procedures besides cleaning and other obvious steps. One week after publication, the shutdown happened as predicted here.

Airports, stadiums, Disneyland, schools, and other mega-enterprises are closing or curtailing operations due to the coronavirus. Even The Villages, a retirement community in Florida, canceled all concerts on the squares until further notice. For them, a crowd of 500 is large.

So far, no cases have been reported in the 3 counties containing The Villages. Clubhouses and other facilities are still open, although Villages-sponsored events have been canceled. Private groups are meeting as the members see fit. We still plan to have our Wannabe Writers club meeting on Monday, at least this week.

Most people are in wait-and-see mode and not going out much, except for stocking up on necessities. The local CVS drugstore had a 2-package limit on toilet paper today.

Small, single-owner businesses with just a few employees and low cash reserves are just trying to survive.

The nightclubs around the squares are open. City Fire at Sumter Landing is having its scheduled band tonight and planning to have the one tomorrow night. The outside bar was full when we visited at 5:00 pm. When we returned at 8:00 pm, the outdoor crowd was much larger, with almost half standing.

City Fire has already made changes due to the virus. They are super-sanitizing every surface, every chair, every wall and anything else in sight with a powerful peroxide solution. They even hired a new person to do nothing but clean surfaces the entire night.

In addition, they are moving tables farther apart. Also, they expanded the dance floor by moving 2 tables to the back. That way, dancers had enough space and were less likely to collide, like they usually do.

One person was cleaning the plastic menus while we were there. My wife, who used to work in a surgery center, was impressed. The plastic menus were to be replaced as soon as the throw-away paper menus arrived. The plastic menus were gone when we returned.

They even have plans if the government issues a decree to prevent public gatherings of any kind and closes their business. People still have to eat and some eat only at restaurants.

City Fire doesn’t have a drive-up window, but they still expect to provide meals to those who need them. If you call in your order, then pull up to the front door and park, they plan to carry your order out to your car.

One night club and reduced entertainment seem small compared to the pandemic, but not to the people directly impacted, even if they aren’t infected.

With a disaster this size, everyone has to adjust, large or small.

Food has to be delivered, power needs to be kept on, and we all have to hunker down to survive.

Good luck.

Additional Notes:

  • I saw all 4 men wash their hands before leaving the restroom. Usually half don’t.
  • According to A letter from Andrea Johnston, Chief Operating Officer of OpenTable, as of March 14, average restaurant business had declined 20% and was down 45% in Seattle.
  • Personal comment: A lot of people are still going out to restaurants, just not as many.
  • People over age 65, along with an estimated 9 million immunocompromised people in the United States, are at a higher risk. I expect that clubs like City Fire, which seats over 100, will be the next to be closed or restricted.
  • If we stay in reactive mode and wait for the news, we will actually be between 5 and 14 days late! It’s hard to know what actions are sufficient, though.

William “Bill” Myers, Analyzes all, Programmer, retired. If you learn anything new, find enjoyment, have a new thought, then I’m successful. Photo: 1st article

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