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That’s right; American Quilt Retailer is jumping on this band wagon. Knowledge is power and the more you know about the coronavirus the less your business will have to deal with it. After all, you never know where your customers have been traveling so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

What you can do

Hand and respiratory hygiene remain two of the most important things we can do to protect ourselves and others from the spread of the virus.

Hand Hygiene: Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with liquid soap and water and rub for at least 20 seconds. Then rinse with water and dry with a disposable paper towel. If hand-washing facilities are not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is an effective alternative. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands, especially after coming in contact with public fixtures (like handrails or door knobs) or after coughing or sneezing. 

Respiratory Hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing. Dispose of soiled tissues in a trash can and wash your hands thoroughly after. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. 

Social Distancing: Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. Maintain at least a 3 foot distance between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When in doubt, decline handshakes or other physical contact when meeting others. Consider alternatives to face-to-face meetings while conducting business when possible.

Increase Store Clean Up: Provide disinfectant wipes and pay close attention to cleaning high-touch areas (keyboard, countertops, workstations) at the end of the work day. It isn’t clear yet how long the coronavirus can stay on surfaces, but promptly disinfect any surface you see a customer or employee cough or sneeze nearby, or on.


Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or other difficulty breathing. If you have any of these symptoms seek medical attention promptly.

To stay up to date on areas restricted for travel, check out the CDC Travel Advisory Risk Assessment List. Or for more information, check out the CDC’s website.

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