While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s important for us that you will know that the health and safety of our customers and employees is the top priority at Alluring Window. As the situation evolves, we continue to follow the recommendations of health officials to ensure you can feel safe and confident working with us. As with most retail shops, some aspects of our business and procedures have changed.
We are offering free in home consultations and have two options to provide this service to our valued customers.
First, our professional design consultants can provide an in-person home consultation. Be assured that our staff will only come to your home if they are healthy and no one in your household is ill. What’s more, the Alluring Window team will take extra precautions during in-home visits following CDC guidelines including:
- Wearing N-95 Masks
- Wearing gloves
- Wearing shoe covers
- Performing proper hand-washing often
- Frequent sanitizing of all equipment, tools, and supplies
- Maintaining a 6-foot distance
Second, we are now offering free virtual consultations via the Zoom app. You can request this through our Contact page. The virtual meeting eliminates the need for our consultants to visit your home in person. If you choose this option, Alluring Window will send you a questionnaire prior to the meeting to get a clear picture of your needs and design goals. You’ll be able to attach pictures of your rooms and windows to the questionnaire, as well as include rough measurements of the windows. Once we receive your information, we’ll ship fabric swatches to you prior to the virtual consultation. Then, during the meeting, you’ll take our consultants on a guided virtual tour of your home, showing them the space and windows, and they’ll make their recommendations on design choices, product options and specs, and can go over the installation process with you.
Things You Can Be Doing:
Wash often and avoid close contact.
Clean your hands often, especially if you’ve been coughing or sneezing or have been in public. The best way to do this is by washing with soap and hot water for a minimum of 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol is recommended. Keep a 6-foot distance between yourself and others, especially if they are coughing or sneezing or if you’re in a public place with unfamiliar people. You can read more about protecting yourself and others on the CDC website.
Cover Your Face, But Don’t Waste Medical Masks
Initially, the World Health Organization (WHO) advised that people who are healthy wouldn’t gain any protection from wearing a face mask because the COVID-19 virus can be contracted through the eyes, an area of the face that masks don’t protect. Because of that, WHO advised against non-infected people wearing masks, to prevent needless use of them. However, it’s since been determined that people may be infected with the virus and not know it and that they can transmit it even if they’re not experiencing symptoms. To reduce the chances of the virus spreading from people who are asymptomatic, recommendations are now being made to cover the face with cloth in public places. The CDC reports that surgical and other medical masks are in short supply, but bandanas, scarves, and simple cloth strips provide sufficient protection, though they should be laundered after each use. CNBC offers more information on making, using, and cleaning cloth face masks.
Stay Home If You Don’t Feel Well
This is good advice anytime, but especially important now. If you’re not feeling 100 percent healthy, don’t go anywhere you could infect others such as work, school, a grocery store, or any other public place. Coronavirus symptoms can include coughing, sneezing, fever, chills, muscle pain, and headache. If you develop two or more of these symptoms, especially after traveling from a virus “hotspot”, or if you’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, call your doctor immediately. The Mayo Clinic has advice on when to seek emergency care.
Stock Up On Supplies, But Don’t Hoard
By now, we’ve seen that, even during the strictest part of stay-at-home orders, supplies have been available, though early panicked buying and hoarding did create shortages of some things. However, you truly don’t need to keep more than a 2-week supply of food, disinfecting products, toiletries, laundry detergent, and other cleaning supplies on hand. You can replenish your stock thanks to Amazon, Instacart, and other home-delivery services, but there’s nothing wrong with storing away a little extra, maybe up to a month’s supply of things that keep well and can be used later. Learn more about preparing for stay-at-home orders from CNN.
Keep Your Kids Calm and Informed
Even if you’re not watching the news 24/7, there’s no way to keep kids in the dark about COVID-19, especially with schools closed and activities and playdates canceled. Given the state of anxiety invading all parts of our lives these days, talk to your children about what’s going on so they’re informed and have no reason to worry. The Child Mind Institute has more advice on talking to your kids about COVID-19.
Be Prepared And Keep In Touch
Though the curve is flattening in many communities, it’s still important to have a plan if those close to you are affected by COVID-19—close both in proximity (neighbors) as well as family members. Know what your household family members and your extended family may need in case of infection or if stay-at-home orders are extended. Write out a list of emergency contacts and keep it visible and accessible. Discuss emergency planning with your neighbors and join your neighborhood’s social media page or website to stay in contact with those around you and keep on top of the newest information. You can read more on the CDC website.
Finally, please know that we have everyone impacted by COVID-19 in our thoughts—from those safely sheltering in place to those ill with the virus. Alluring Window wishes you all health, safety, and a full and speedy recovery.