The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our business in profound ways. Our business, CreateWhole™ Wellness Services/Blissed, an Inward Sanctuary + Wellness Retreat Center offers accommodations and holistic health services to guests, but due to decrease in travel, clients are not able to visit, tour nor book accommodations into our space.

As a precautionary health measure in light of Covid-19, we are operating with a limited team.  Due to social distancing, all in-person one-on-one communication has ceased and there is almost no community engagement nor networking. There is a big drop in business activities and we are experiencing a substantial loss in income.  We are dipping into our personal savings to stay afloat.

Keeping up with the news and social media is helping us to stay aware of the ongoing challenges in the health industry and informs us of the CDC guidelines and preventatives measures while we’re practicing the precautions to keep us virus free. Despite preparing for the pandemic, it is clear that we must make a shift in how we do our business. 

Some of the shifts we are making include switching individual, in-person services to group work services on the internet and offering virtual retreats. Clients are able to make appointments online for remote services. The aspects of managing the pandemic that seems to be having the greatest impact, are the activities such as social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand washing. The coronavirus has affected not only the way we work but the way we live. Though we are not able to travel, we are spending time connecting and reaching out by telephone to our clients, friends, and family in an effort to help by providing inspirational support. We are also assessing and journaling our experiences as well as coming up with creative ways to better manage our business during this global pandemic. 

A female-owned, African immigrant American business, we are concerned about the future of our business and worry that the crisis will last all of 2020 and beyond. We are actively monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and how it impacts upcoming events. We’re following guidance from local health departments and the CDC regarding gatherings and their recommendations on preventing the spread of Covid-19.

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