Businesses respond to lifting of COVID-19 health orders
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio – Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walter and several business owners celebrated the lifting of COVID-19 health orders in Ohio with a dedication ceremony near the Portage Trail Bridge Wednesday morning.
A banner with the words “CUYAHOGA FALLS OPEN FOR BUSINESS” was hung from the fence of the bridge.
“Throughout the pandemic, our businesses have been quick and innovative hubs to continue to provide service to all of our residents and visitors, and through their ingenuity, have been able to keep their business flourishing,” said Walters.
Madalyn King, a cosmetologist at Vivo Beauty Bar, said the job was different when clients were given locks and pedicures.
For the first time in many months, masks, required social distancing, and plastic barriers around shampoo bowls were gone.
“That’s a good odd one. I kept saying, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe it. “It’s definitely a good thing. It’s like a breath of fresh air,” King said.
King said the salon closed for nine weeks when the pandemic first swept across northeastern Ohio in 2020. She was out of work, but some of her colleagues struggled to stay there. ‘get.
“You have constant income and tips and stuff like that. You don’t earn any of that. There is no income so it was really tough,” she said.
While things seemed more business-like, King acknowledged that some people, vaccinated or not, may not yet be quite ready for a return to normalcy.
“If my client is more comfortable with me wearing a mask, I will wear one. We leave the choice to what our clients are most comfortable with.”
John and Kim Nader opened Kneaded Breads and Confections, known for its variety of cinnamon breads and buns, in March.
Starting a business during a pandemic meant that the small business faced increasing challenges.
“The masks were definitely a challenge, just people were afraid to come in and be here with other people,” John said.
Still, he said business has been good in recent months and expects things to only get better from here.
“It’s like a huge weight has been lifted. For my part, I hated closures, not being able to live normally,” he said. “I’m just ready to start my normal life over again.”