Though occupations considered "essential" never stopped working, the small business owners were hit the hardest by closures during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Financial assistance was offered by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama as well as some federal entities; but after time, it was decided that it would be more financially responsible for the economy to reopen.

Slowly, businesses are doing just that.  They all have new guidelines by which they must operate to be as safe as possible.

Jabaree "Fat" Graham, owner of Fatheadz Barbershop, recently made past and future clients aware of the new guidelines by which his business would operate.

It appears that every precaution is being taken to make sure his barbers and clients remain healthy, as the possibility of getting the virus has not gone away.

As a matter of fact, some areas have seen an increase in the rate of confirmed cases since their economies have reopened. There is no data to suggest the cause, whether it's a lack of PPE, insufficient hygiene practices, or if contraction occurred before but symptoms just recently appeared.

Another business taking the safety of its customers seriously is Walmart.  The company announced in mid-April that it would begin requiring associates to wear masks or other face coverings at work. This includes stores, clubs, distribution and fulfillment centers, as well as in our corporate offices. Walmart also encouraged its customers and members to wear face coverings when they shop. Source. 

We know that not everyone is complying with this, as an incident at a Birmingham area made national headlines, but at least the company showed initiative.

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