Working with a Skeleton Crew: Coronavirus’s Impact on Small Businesses

September 4, 2020 10:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

By now, you are no doubt familiar with the coronavirus pandemic and how it has upended everyday life in America over the last six months. As we work to slow or stop the virus’s spread, many businesses have closed, while others are operating with a skeleton crew. Even though states are slowly reopening, many workers are hesitant to return to the public thanks to health issues and other concerns.

Coronavirus has affected many small businesses in Scottsdale, AZ. At Eavenson Electric Co., we take the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. We remain open and ready to serve you, since we’re classified as electrical workers, but our manpower has been significantly reduced.

Electricians are essential workers

Governor Ducey issued a list of essential businesses back in March 2020—that is, businesses that are essential to daily life and cannot be closed during the pandemic. These are mostly service and infrastructure businesses, such as electricians, plumbers, contractors, grocery stores and medical facilities.

Electricians fall under Section 3(c), Essential Infrastructure, of the March 2020 executive order—they “promote the public health, safety and welfare of the state or assist others to do the same.” Thanks to the nature of the job, electricians can’t use remote work to earn a living at home. Therefore, we must take all appropriate precautions while remaining open—even when it means we have fewer workers on the job.

How Eavenson Electric Co. is handling the COVID-19 pandemic

Your safety and our workers’ safety is our highest priority. We continue to follow all state, federal and CDC guidelines, including:

  • Staying home or rescheduling when sick: If our workers are sick or are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, we require them to stay home until they have fully recovered. Similarly, we ask that if our customers are feeling ill, they call us and reschedule. We’ll make it our mission to reschedule with you as soon as possible, and appreciate your cooperation in keeping everyone healthy.
  • Wearing appropriate protective gear: Our workers will wear masks and other protective, hygienic gear whenever possible. We also ask that home and business owners wear masks when interacting with our workers.
  • Socially distancing whenever possible: Social distancing helps slow the spread by making it harder for people to inhale infected respiratory droplets. Our policy is to keep at least six feet of space between each other, including our customers. Depending on the location of your electrical issue, we may request that you wait in another room while we work.
  • Frequent handwashing and sanitization measures: Finally, we practice frequent handwashing and sanitize all of our equipment after use. The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and refraining from touching your face to avoid infection.

The team at Eavenson Electric Co. is proud to continue serving the area even during a pandemic. For more information about how coronavirus has impacted our small business in Scottsdale, AZ, or to schedule an appointment for electrical service at your home or business, reach out to us today.

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