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THANKSGIVING, BLACK FRIDAY, AND COVID-19 – SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN MIAMI

car-accident-287x300THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM SHARES ADVICE ON STAYING SAFE DURING BLACK FRIDAY AND THE CHRISTMAS SEASON IN MIAMI

MIAMI: On this Thanksgiving Day in Miami, those fortunate enough to have eluded COVID and those healthy enough to have survived it, have extra reason to be thankful. While the coronavirus has ravaged the United States and the world, we must be grateful for the love of family and friends, no matter if gathering in their company for a turkey dinner is not on the menu.

Black Friday and the official start of the Christmas shopping season amid these unprecedented times, bring with them the challenge of staying safe, for reasons other than the usual dangers associated with the holiday season. COVID has established itself as one of the biggest threats to our health and the wellbeing of our elderly loved ones, and during this upcoming Black Friday in Miami, shoppers and store workers need to take precautions to stay safe. In Miami, Jonathan Perazzo, personal injury lawyer and founder of the Perazzo Law Firm, recommends some simple guidelines and explains how these recommendations can help you stay safe during the holiday season.

BLACK FRIDAY SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SHOPPERS AND STORE WORKERS

In Miami, COVID safety precautions for shoppers and employees include:

  • Facial coverings
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face shields
  • Social distancing
  • Limited number of shoppers

How do facial coverings help prevent the spread of the coronavirus among shoppers and store shop employees?

Facial coverings help contain the coronavirus by preventing it spreading by way of speaking, sneezing, and coughing, given that when infected individuals speak, sneeze, or cough, they may release the virus into the air. It is important to remind shoppers and store workers that infected individuals may not be aware that they are in fact infected with COVID-19 since symptoms can take days and even weeks to manifest themselves. Another important point is to refrain from touching the front of the facial covering because that is where the virus is more likely to dwell. Thus, if one wishes to remove their facial covering, they should do so by pulling down on the straps behind their ears in order to prevent touching the front, which is where the virus is more likely to dwell.

How does hand sanitizer help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

The use of a quality hand sanitizer or  an alcohol-based spray that is 70% alcohol and 30% water, will greatly reduce the chances of becoming infected with COVID-19 as it helps kill the virus upon contact. It is important to remind shoppers, shop assistants, and cashiers, that the coronavirus can be present on surfaces and objects that have become tainted with the virus through saliva upon being touched by an infected individual. It is said that COVID-19 can live for as much as 24 hours on the surface of an object. For this reason, the use of hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is so important, because when a person that has the coronavirus, rubs his/her nose, mouth, eyes, or other facial area, they may  inadvertently leave the virus on an object they have touched.

Wiping down frequently touched surfaces is a very efficient preventive measure for shop owners and business operators to implement throughout this imminent Black Friday and upcoming Christmas Season. Store areas that receive large numbers of shoppers and display items that are frequently touched by potential buyers are to be regularly wiped down with a sanitation spray to prevent the virus from looming on goods and surfaces. This is fundamental for goods that shoppers will most likely touch before purchasing. This may include:

  • Clothing
  • Home appliances
  • Electronics
  • Cellphones
  • Furniture
  • And more…

How do face shields reduce the chances of contracting the coronavirus?

The use of face shields, much like facial coverings, are highly recommended for those exposed to large groups of people and those that are likely to have the coronavirus, even without knowing it. Face shields are an added safety measure and prevent the virus from entering a person’s system through their eyes, which is said to be a gateway for COVID to enter a person’s body. Though uncomfortable, face shields can be of great preventive value for shop assistants and cashiers that are busy at stores welcoming large crowds of shoppers.

Why is social distancing important for preventing the spread of COVID-19?

Social distancing, though not always enforced, remains one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of the coronavirus, especially when individuals refrain from touching objects and implement the use of hand sanitizers. Social distancing, which should be six-feet or more, is a useful preventive measure because if someone that is infected with COVID-19 speaks, sneezes, or coughs, the virus will not travel beyond said distance. Unfortunately, this distance is difficult to enforce or respect when shoppers scurry to buy goods and when business operators are negligent. In order to help respect social distancing, business operators must limit the number of shoppers that enter their establishment. This is set according the dimensions of each shop. Small businesses should not allow for more than 2-3 shoppers at one time while larger shops should not allow for more than 5-10 shoppers at one time. The store manager or business operator should act responsibly to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among its workers.

COVID-19-Miami-Lawyer-300x300In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm is dedicated to coronavirus prevention and helps those individuals that have becoming unfairly or negligently infected with the virus. As well as business owners that have suffered economic losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which has ravaged the ecomony.

THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM WISHES YOU A SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON!

IF YOU, A FRIEND, OR RELATIVE HAS FALLEN VICTIM TO COVID-19, CONTACT THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM ONLINE FOR A FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.

SEE ALSO:

GUIDELINES FOR BUSINESS OPERATORS

GUIDELINES FOR FOOD OPERATORS

UNLAWFUL SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS

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