Christina and Company fighting false COVID-19 rumors, no cases at the salon

False COVID-19 rumors are hurting a local business in Lafayette.

Posted: Jul 16, 2020 11:42 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- False COVID-19 rumors are hurting a local business in Lafayette.

Christina Cheek runs Christina and Company, the spa and salon on South Street.

She said several clients have called and cancelled because of fears of the infectious disease, but she assured News 18 there are no cases of the illness at her company. 

The day-to-day has changed because of the pandemic but Cheek said her employees have been taking all the proper precautions against the infectious disease. 

"Salon life is not normal right now," said Oliva Milbeck.

Milbeck is a 20-year-veteran at the salon and spa.

She said normalcy is all people are yearning for.

"We do take all kinds of precautions," said Ashley Brooks.

Brooks has been working the front desk as a receptionist for Christina and Co. for three years.

Christina and Company is doing all it can to prevent anybody from getting COVID-19.

When clients walk into the shop they must be wearing a mask. They then fill out a COVID-19 health form. It asks the client about their health and if they have any symptoms of the illness or if they have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19.

They also have protective, clear plastic up between the front desk workers and the customers.  

All of these regulations are advised from the CDC and the ISDH. 

Milbeck said she would like to see more people coming into Christina's.

"Our paychecks depends on how many people we see and who we see," said Milbeck.

The mother sees a reduced paycheck when her chair is empty.

"When rumors get spread, it does affect our business and it affects our income," said Milbeck. "If I don't have a client in my chair I am not getting paid."

Christina Cheek owns Christina and Company. She released this statement:

Since our reopening, we have instituted and adhered to strict safety and sanitation requirements that follow the CDC and state board guidelines. We have not had one employee report a positive COVID-19 test as of July 15, 2020. Our business is open to guests who wear a face mask, sanitize their hands upon arrival, complete a COVID questionnaire, and maintain 6 feet of social distance from every person in the building with the exception of their service provider. Our employees wear masks and sanitize all tools, equipment, and stations in between each guest to maintain a safe and sanitary experience. Our Employees have daily temputure checks and are also required to stay home if they have any COVID-19 symptoms until they have had a negative COVID-19 test.

"Our salon owner is doing everything she possibly can to make sure everyone is safe," said Milbeck.

That safety is what Ashley Brooks said clients depend on.

"The clients can tell how safe we are being," said Brooks. "It puts everyone at ease and it a fun environment once again."

Employees told News 18 Cheek is heavily involved in their day-to-day and keeps up with all COVID-19 pandemic regulations.

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