My name is April Jones and I work from Rocky Mountain Wellness Connection at 337 Robert Street in Cody, Wyoming.
COVID-19 Policy Update: As of October 30, 2020, I will have completed my 2 week COVID quarantine to do exposure from a client. Moving forward, I will require all clients to wear a mask that appropriately covers your nose and mouth during service and during the entire time that we are in the room. This can be as simple as a blue "surgical" mask, which I will have available. If you feel there is a medical reason for you to not wear a mask, I am sorry but I will not be able to work with you at this time. If you are simply opposed to wearing masks for any reason, I respect your right to make that choice. However, I am making a hardline decision as a business owner to refuse service to anyone who won't or can't wear a mask. I would also ask that if you are making the choice generally to not wear a mask in public, please do not book with me. If you choose not to wear a mask in places like Walmart or Albertsons, or if you go out to bars and restaurants, I respect that choice for you as an individual but please, don't book with me. I have other clients who are in the high risk category for this virus. I can not risk another exposure. If I accidentally passed it on to a high risk client, and they suffered or died, I'm not sure how I could live with myself.
When you take the chance to expose yourself, I understand you think it only affects you. But if you are frequenting other public places or especially a business like mine, where we can not keep a 6 foot distance and must be in close contact for an extended time...you risk giving it to me and then I risk giving it to the high risk client who may come in after you. I do not go to bars or restaurants unless I can be outside and I've only even done that 3 times since this all hit...because I want to limit my risk factor, to protect my clients. I always wear my N95 mask but until now, I have not required that my clients also wear a mask. I am requiring mask wearing for my clients because I got exposed and had to take 2 weeks off to quarantine, unpaid, because I am self-employed.
What happened: On 10/15 I worked on a client who was not wearing a mask and just over 24 hours later, he started to experience symptoms of COVID-19. I was informed that he tested positive as soon as he knew, but that was still 5 days after his appointment. During the last three days after my exposure, I could have been shedding the virus, if I had been infected. Thankfully, I hadn't worked in several days and the only clients I had worked on would not have been within the contagious period, if I can contracted it. My quarantine will finish on October 30 and while I never experienced any symptoms, I am convinced it is only because of my N95 and air purifier. My client was quite sick, so I consider this to have been a warning shot.
So at this point, I need to limit my risk factors for exposure even further and this means 1) I will not work with clients who are choosing to take little to no precautions in their daily routine and 2) I will require everyone in the room to wear a mask. This policy is not negotiable.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I truly hope everyone stays healthy and happy during this crazy time we're all going through.