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I've ordered the face visors x 50 (plus another 200 to sell on)

I think they will sell around the shop with customers as it is becoming a fashion thing LOL

I have the face masks within the shop already they were a little slower than the hand sanitizer and gel

(Gel sold by the box before the lockdown but feel every body has them now)

Today have ordered screens for counter and floor stickers to keep distance - I am hoping to open soon.

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Just bought a load of gloves, hand sanitiser, screens and ppe products the only thing i am not sure about is mask type and useasge and do i actually require them.

On the one hand i want to try and follow guidelines but do not want to deprive the NHS and after reading many different reports, which masks will work all day do i use washable ones or diposable and change after every customer ?. How do we dispose of used items in the correct manner after use.

Any thoughts ?.

I plan to reopen on the 11th may on my own to start with and my employee will stay on the furlough scheme as long as possible (i am topping his wages up to full pay).

I have been extremely lucky that my business was in a great financial position but if i stay away any longer then it will be tough to get going again.

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3 minutes ago, grahamparker said:

Just bought a load of gloves, hand sanitiser, screens and ppe products the only thing i am not sure about is mask type and useasge and do i actually require them.

On the one hand i want to try and follow guidelines but do not want to deprive the NHS and after reading many different reports, which masks will work all day do i use washable ones or diposable and change after every customer ?. How do we dispose of used items in the correct manner after use.

Any thoughts ?.

Hi @grahamparker there is so much information for and against masks, in St John any amb crews are fitted (yes you need fitting) with masks called FFP3 but these are combined with face shields when dealing with Covid19 patients. Masks on their own aren't full protection with close contact unless you start looking at gas masks (uncomfortable). Where masks are useful and why they will almost certainly be used on public transport is to protect others from you, they are good catchers of whatever you breathe out rather than breathe in so what type of mask you go for is your decision unless the government produce rules otherwise (not likely because there is not great supply of any type) Personally I use the surgical type masks but these aren't in great supply, I have seen that even a scarf around the face may be as good. Working in a shop if you don't go the route of a perspex screen (much better protection from airborne) then for your customers confidence a surgical type mask would be good but if you've never worn them before be warned although they look like paper they are designed like a machine dust bag to let x amount of air through so they are uncomfortable, can send your temperature through the roof and not good for those with breathing issues.

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Biggest problem with wearing masks is 99.9% of people will feel uncomfortable with them and will constantly touch them.    It almost defeats the object in most case's.                                    A visor is usually much easier to get along with.

As with all PPE, if it's not used as designed, it can be worse than useless and can make the wearer more at risk.

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Today I started putting up a 2mm screen across the top of our 5.5M counter. Making 2 customer serving points (as in a bank) and putting markings on the floor along with a couple more of these 2m further back from the counter. That gives us 4 designated customer standing points. Not expecting that many people in the shop at one time but this way we can encourage customers to comply with the social distancing.

Customer will drop there key or lock into a Tupperware box. I'll drag it thru the hatch and give it a squirt and rub with a sanitised wipe. Cut the key . Give the keys back and take the money . Wash/gel hands and start again

At the moment I dont see the point in wearing gloves or a masks in the shop  (this may change) but hand gel will be used after every transaction along with much hand washing during the day. Scratch your nose when your cutting a key and gloves become irrelevant.

We have a lot of touchy feelie products hanging on the wall so I'm also looking at reviews on fogging and Ozone generators.A lot of mixed reviews so far.

Its gonna be a learning curve so these procedures are fluid and may change as we start to work with them.

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5 minutes ago, ponsaloti said:

I'll drag it thru the hatch and give it a squirt and rub with a sanitised wipe. Cut the key . Give the keys back and take the money . Wash/gel hands and start again

Maybe good to wipe the keys again before handing back but good work practice info there.

 

Much as we like cash, cards must be favoured now

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1 minute ago, petercoulson said:

Maybe good to wipe the keys again before handing back but good work practice info there.

 

Much as we like cash, cards must be favoured now

At the moment peter, re: interaction with tainted products (customers keys etc), I'm doing the reverse on the way back, so, that will continue once I've finished the counter and I'm working behind it instead of behind a 2M lenth of worktop on wheels.

I can then open the customer area up again and stand behind the relative safety of the counter screen.

To give you an idea of the price of the cast acrylic (Perspex). From a local sheet plastics wholesaler/supplier.  I ordered  2off 750mmx1200.  2off 900x1200. 1off 750x100.  1off 200x900. All in 2mm. Total cost £126 inc VAT collected. The screen goes from the counter which is 900 high, up 900. the screening at the serving area's start 100mm above the counter and are 750 high. I had enough ali box section left over from a previous project to make a half tidy job out of it. The screen could easily be fixed using 30mm timber.

A bit of research and talking to the supplier I found out that basically Perspex is to Acrylic sheet, what hoover is to Vacuum cleaners.

Hope this helps.

Oh P.S. Unless your really confident using a drill with plastics, get the supplier to drill the fixing holes for you.

 

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My shop is too small, will be one in/one out, or maybe one serving and one waiting, then some sort of line dance when they leave!!!

Think some customers won't like it and may walk away but on the plus side, the T down the road is even smaller with only about 5' x 2' customer area.

Truthfully, I'm not looking forward to going back under these circumstances. I don't like change or fuss and hassle. I just want an easy working life, earn a bit of money and be happy.

Just thinking about the key in tupperware box and clean situation, sounds ok in practice, what about the poor old biddy with arthrirtis that can't get it off her key ring, do we have to clean the whole bunch or refuse to serve until they take the key off??

Cleaning the shoes will also be hard, I've no intention of spending loads of money on an O2 generator or whatever other equipment to clean a few pairs of shoes.

To be honest I have been down to about 10 customers per day since January so I can't see me being any busier for the foreseeable future.

Does have me thinking if it's going to be worth opening at all!!

 

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I feel people browsing and dithering could be a bit of a problem, is anyone looking at reducing their range of products temporarily. My shop is very small.  I'm thinking of doing this. The stock will still be available, but they'll  have to ask for. I'm thinking of mainly the different shoe cream/polish colours, my range of straps and my umbrellas.

Mike.

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