Casual observance indicates that people are getting more lax with mask-wearing and social distancing. We are blessed with a beautiful, rural environment that has allowed us to get out and enjoy nature without meeting too many people. In our towns, we see people out walking regularly—alone or with their family members—and there is no need to wear a mask. Our restaurants have been providing curbside take-out to keep themselves afloat and we have been enjoying some semblance of normalcy by supporting them. As things begin to loosen up with New Hampshire’s Governor’s 2.0 announcement, retail shops are able to re-open on May 11th if they follow guidelines. Like many of you, I have people in my life who are vulnerable and I do not want to unwittingly transmit the virus to them. So I will open up the shop doors for people to come in, following the guidelines that make sense in my small space. Starting May 14th, I will open the doors on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:30 to 5:00, requesting that traveling companions wait outside on the bench or in the car, that patrons wear a mask, that we have no more than two customers at a time browsing while maintaining our social distancing. To protect my customers, I will wear a mask, wash my hands between transactions, and provide hand-sanitizer. However, I will also still provide curbside pick-up, phone, on-line, and email ordering. I will also accommodate individuals Monday through Wednesday by appointment and continue to schedule Zoom Yarn Tastings and classes. We have kept the cases in northern New Hampshire low by following the rules. Let’s continue to protect each other through our vigilance: stay safe by social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and yes, wearing masks.
Paula Herbert is a former 8th grade English teacher and yarn shop owner. She has opened her second shop, LYS, and is enjoying the company of fellow knitters, crocheters, spinners, and fiber artists.
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