What is it that we all need to be aware of when we enter wellness facilities, not only to protect ourselves, but protect our community?
As a society, as a world, with the common goal of keeping each other safe, we are entering a new normal. Honestly, I believe this should have always been the way we think. But now, it truly is a matter of life or death for some. And we don't know who those "some" are, so universal precautions need to be practiced by everyone and on everyone. So what do you look for in a facility that will help you to feel safe?
First off, be observant. Look around and see what is set up for customers to help reduce the spread of germs.
Are there hand sanitizers available for all to use?
Is there a way to reduce the use of money exchange? Do they offer online payments?
Do you need to handle a pen? If so, is there a "used pen cup" and a sterilized pen cup?
Are you there for Yoga? Is the floor unencumbered? Is it cleaned after every class? You have a right to ask!
Are there changeable coverings for any bolsters that might be used?
Is there disinfectant and towels that the students can use on matts and blocks?
Is the space large enough for social distance or are you on top of each other?
Are you there for Massage? Can the tables be cleaned after every client?
Are there a lot of extraneous items that should be wiped down (and are they)?
Is the therapist using mask and gloves?
Are you being offered a mask. A massage is given in close quarters. The masks protects both of you and anyone else you pass in the hall.
Can the chairs that you wait in by wipe down? Cloth chairs are not a good option now.
You may be asked about your health now. Everyone should. We have to show responsibility for where we've been, where we are going (are you leaving the facility to go visit someone in a nursing home or hospital?) and how we are feeling. If you have a little cough or sniffle that might be an allergy, it is no longer acceptable to go into any location. There is still so much to learn about this virus that it isn't worth the risk: to you, to the facility, to anyone who may be walking in behind you - even if it's 10 minutes later. We need to change our way of thinking and realize that we are not only responsible for ourselves, but possibly a dozen other people that we may come into contact with. And there is a high probability that someone has a close elder relation or an immunocompromised loved one they will see in the next 24 hours.
So my point is:
We all have to be more responsible for who we are in contact with, what we touch and how we protect ourselves. Take extra precautions, ask the questions and make sure you feel safe. Gone are the days of "I guess that's ok". To quote the TV commercial: "Just ok is not ok". If you are going into a wellness facility, your wellness should be at the forefront of their concerns. And as much as it pains me to say this, just diffusing essential oils into the air is not going to clean the surfaces of viruses. We all need to be using effective disinfecting and cleaning products that can kill viruses. There is nothing wrong with diffusing essential oils, but make sure its not the only way that your facility's environment is being cared for. I'm guessing we have a long year ahead of us, until they find treatments and/or vaccines. So until then we are all in this together, we need to respect each other's concerns and limits and we need to care for each other - like we've never done before!