FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Many local business owners are transitioning towards reopening their doors to walk-in customers
“We need a little bit of time to get our displays back in order from being closed for five or six weeks,” said Cheryl Weney, owner of Lopshire Flowers. “We are going to open up either Friday or Saturday to walk-in traffic.”
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Indiana Back On Track plan infographic by the City of Fort Wayne
Weney says waiting until later in the week to open their doors will allow more of the staff to work as delivery drivers during what is one of Lopshire’s busiest weeks of the year.
“It's going to be a big Mother’s Day, and there are going to be a lot of people who would prefer to send flowers to mom and grandma, as opposed to going and visiting,” Weney said. “I think delivery to the door is going to be important for a while.”
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Stage two of Governor Eric Holcomb’s back on track plan allows personal services such as hair and nail salons to open on Monday, May 11.
“As soon as we got the go-ahead we were getting text messages and phone calls within two minutes of the Governor’s statement,” said Bobbie Gerig-Plewa, Fringe Salon Owner.” As much as we are excited to get our clients back in the salon, it has been a very overwhelming situation.”
Gerig-Plewa said her staff has been busy rescheduling almost seven weeks' worth of appointments, as well as adding in barriers between workstations as an additional safety measure.
“I do have to say it's stressful, but I am so blessed because our clients have really been understanding,” Gerig-Plewa said. I feel that once we get back to the salon, we are going to make a really good go at it.”
Governor Holcomb’s back on track plan states all personal services should space workstations out according to social distancing guidelines and should operate as appointment-only.