Hanging on by A Thread
Not many people could have guessed how COVID-19 would impact their business until it was too late, but not for Kaur. Kaur began seeing her business slow down as early as February but being in business for eight years and thinking you’ve seen it all, no one could have prepared for the pandemic’s impact.
As a licensed esthetician, Kaur was one of the businesses highly impacted by the pandemic, and to make matters worse a breakout of infections at the Ruiz Foods plant in Dinuba halted her business altogether. Kaur’s business is 75% supported by employees of Ruiz Foods; and with two elderly parents at home going back to work was not worth losing her parents.
"My parents are older, and I couldn’t take the risk of continuing business."
Before returning to work, Kaur took a class on disinfection and safety during COVID that would help her return to work and feel confident that she would not be bringing the virus home to her parents. When Kaur returned to work, she realized that the main carpet at the entrance of her business was difficult to sanitize to the standards necessary to keep her parents and clients safe. She decided the best course of action was to replace the flooring, an expenditure of $2,500.00.
Aside from the unplanned expenses Kaur has been incurring, the pandemic has also drastically changed her business model. Kaur went from taking walk-ins to having all clientele schedule appointments, only taking in one person in the building at a time, and screening patients regarding any contact with COVID-19 positive individuals.
Kaur is running out of options to keep her business open. The Tulare County Relief Fund can help alleviate some of the stress for Kaur, a sentiment felt across the entire county by several other businesses.
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