With the governor deciding to "reopen" Tennessee on May 1 and talks in the city centering around May 4, lots of folks asking if we're reopening on May 5...
what about some specifics on THIS decision?
There are many factors, but public safety must be first and foremost.
We are not going to rush a reopen and in doing so, risk undoing all the progress our community has made by staying at home. I want to see that our city has sufficient testing practices, antibody testing, and 14 consecutive days of decreasing cases.
- In order to ensure the safety of customers and staff, I feel strongly that our community must have widespread availability of PPE (ie: I'm also not going to hoard PPE, placing my business operations above hospital operations)
- While we have always operated with high health & safety standards, I want to be very intentional in reworking how to do what we do with staff (and guests) being MUCH more spaced out... while still ensuring that our team has the support they need to deliver top notch food & service. This is more challenging that you'd think for a business that makes everything fresh, from scratch!
- There are a LOT of new rules, regulations, etc around sick leave, what to do if someone on the team tests positive, what to do if a household member of someone on the team tests positive, etc. (and a lot of it seems to be in conflict with itself). I owe it to my team and our customers to do my best to learn everything I can so I can teach it, implement it, manage it, etc both safely and with integrity. (ie: yes, you can take an employee's temperature, but did you know there are rules about who can take it, what training and protection that person needs to have, and how/where you document the temp?... I didn't, but I do now...)
- and about a thousand more things...
Basically, I'm going to re-open as thoughtfully as we closed. In the meantime, we are continuing to stay in touch, put together fun (albeit kooky) content to entertain, and offering a very limited grocery/pantry staples program.
I miss y'all dearly and never fear... Muddy's may be hibernating, but I am wide awake and working hard to get this thing figured out so that when we do reopen, you can feel safe, confident, and appreciated!