It has been over a month now, and probably you’re craving fresh air or other outside-home activities rather than going to the grocery store. So, we have good news for you: there are some great outdoor places open to the public now in May, the Texas Government even announced that some businesses would be re-open from May 1st (following strict health measures).
If you like the idea of going to a museum or wandering through a community garden, or you’re googling “safe walking trails near me,” then pick up your face covering, hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing in the following Arlington places.
Paved trails and hiking trails
Recover your physical condition hiking in one of the city’s best trails, which remain open, as mentioned in the Arlington Parks And Recreation website. However, parks, fields, and playgrounds are closed until further notice, so check before going to hike at River Legacy Park and Veterans Park. Also, if you want a mild walk instead, opt for the nearly 49 miles of paved multi-use trails we have in the County. These spots are open to the public but remeber to follow the preventive measures like keeping a good, six-feet distance from other people.
If running or walking isn’t your thing, but you crave some fresh air for a change, visit one of the County’s seven community gardens. Before going to the grocery store, relax your mind walking through one of these green areas, scattered in various points of the city like Ninth Street South, North Barton Street, and 1601 Key Blvd. (see the full list here). Community parks remain open but encourage all visitors to follow social distancing and other preventive measures.
Support your local businesses and visit once in a while, your favorite restaurant, which will be open for diners from May 1st. According to the official announcement of the Texas Government, places like restaurants and movie theaters will be re-opened but limited to a 25% capacity and following all the preventive measures. So now you know —stay safe, put your face covering on, and visit your nearest restaurant.
Museums or libraries
Museums and libraries will also re-open on May 1st, under the same 25% occupancy limitation. However, interactive areas remain closed, and some local public museums and libraries can take a little longer to open. Some of the best rating museums in Arlington are The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Famer, Arlington Museum of Art, River Legacy Living Science Center, and CR Smith Museum. Stay safe and follow preventive health measures.
Guess what? Some shopping malls also reopened May 1st. Perhaps this isn’t the safest or most essential of places to visit in Arlington, but if you use your face covering, and follow your preventive measures properly, you can lower the risk. But, according to the official announcement, the food-court dining areas, play areas, and interactive displays remain closed.
We wish you a safe return to normality. Remember that these changes have to be slow and cautious to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 spreading. And if you wish to clean and disinfect your house to prevent infections, schedule our professional cleaning service online.
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It doesn’t matter who you are, you’ve probably been involved in at least one major crisis in your life whether personally or vicariously. How to manage anxiety and the ensuing crisis varies individually. “Social media leads people to do stupid things,” said Kevin Delaney, Editor of Quartz when referring to passengers carelessly risking their lives to get a picture of a burning airplane. This is just one example of one situation Love My Maids recommends you DON’T do. For your safety follow these tips:
#1 Don’t Ignore the Problem
Most everyone knows the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. It tells of a shepherd who yelled for help when he didn’t need it, twice. On the third time, he was eaten by the wolf when no one came to help him. It might feel like a lot of times the media does this and we think that whatever new crisis is coming up, isn’t really that big of the deal. But most times, it’s best that you take things like the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. The media may blow up the problem, but it’s up to you to discern fact from fiction then take the appropriate action and NOT get eaten!
#2 Don’t Panic or Freeze
When dealing with a disaster, it’s hard not to become overwhelmed by life blowing up in your face. “The brain has a very limited capacity for processing new information,” says Sarita Robinson, a psychologist at the University of Central Lancashire. Therefore, it’s important to treat medical conditions like dealing with anxiety, continue your medication and therapy, EDUCATE yourself concerning the facts, and knowing how you handle a crisis situation in advance is another way to help manage anxiety, stress, and paranoia.
#3 Don’t Stop to Watch or Record a Natural Disaster
Whether dangerous or life-threatening, a natural disaster is a wonderous sight to see. However, staying behind while trying to capture the events of the disaster not only puts you in danger but threatens the lives around you and for those who may be trying to rescue you. Be smart. The news will more than cover the disaster and if it’s money you’re after, well money won’t matter if the worst happens to you.
#4 Don’t Spread Rumors
“As the fear level rises…, so does hearsay, hoaxes, magical thinking—everything that seems to accompany every epidemic, down through the centuries,” says Jim Beckerman, writer for NorthJersey.com. Whether you’re facing a natural disaster or an outbreak, know the facts before you let panic control your decisions to shoot off your mouth and spread fear.
#5 Don’t Use Public Transportation During an Outbreak
In a time of a health crisis, you may not have the luxury of taking time off of work or working from home. If possible, use personal transportation and avoid public transportation. “The combination of [hordes] of people, all tightly packed in tubes and all touching the same handles and doors is not ideal when avoiding an illness,” says Roberto Wakerell-Cruz, writer of The Post Millennial. If you must use public transportation, then wear appropriate cover for your face and hands.
#6 Don’t Gather Socially in Medium/Large Groups During an Outbreak
Benjamin Franklin said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” A surefire way to turn an outbreak into an epidemic is to ignore the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) warnings and continue to gather in medium to large groups and spread the outbreak, making it deadly rather than containable. Instead, for the sake of your friends and family, self-isolate and maintain your distance when going out.
#7 Don’t Hoard Supplies
When tragedy strikes, it’s human nature to ‘hunt and gather’ supplies to protect your family. However, Sarita Robinson says, “In a disaster, the speed at which we think through our options goes from bad to worse.” It’s crucial for the health and survival of your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to take only what you NEED so that everyone has an ample supply of goods and materials.
#8 Don’t Resell Supplies for Profit
We are all in this together. “Amazon said it had recently removed hundreds of thousands of listings and suspended thousands of sellers’ accounts for price gouging…,” says Jack Nicas, writer for The New York Times. It’s a selfish act to try and profiteer off of people who are trying to survive during a state of panic. Moreover, it puts you and others at greater risk of contracting or spreading the outbreak if they can’t buy the supplies needed at the gouging prices.
We can’t predict or delay a natural disaster or world-wide pandemic. However, we can prevent further damage and loss of life just by staying calm, being smart, behaving kindly, avoiding gossip, and taking the situation seriously. Living is often naturally challenging and stressful, so if disaster strikes you remember to take a few, slow deep breaths (this really does work) and know YOU’VE GOT THIS!
Almost everybody knows the general measures to avoid coronavirus, but it’s equally important to apply family-aimed actions. Gather your family and stay healthy.
During this unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, we recognize that we are in a unique position to be part of the solution as we have in-depth knowledge and experience of cleaning and how it relates to preventing the spread of illness. We are seeing an increased demand for professional cleaning services and many of our clients are increasing the frequency of their appointments.
High-Touch Point Sanitizing
A clean home is not just a happy home, it’s a healthy home. To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we routinely sanitize all high-touch surfaces in your home. This includes:
- Door knobs
- Light switches
- Remote controls
- All bathrooom surfaces
- Kitchen counters
- Cabinet and drawer pulls
- Refrigerator handle
Covid-19 Safety Procedures to Keep Your Family Safe
We have implemented strict procedures to ensure your safety and that of our cleaning staff.
- Temperature Checks. All Cleaning technicians must take their temperature each morning. Any temp over 99 degrees they have been instructed to stay home.
- Wearing Masks. Cleaning technicians will wear a mask when entering your home and anytime they are within 6 feet of a household member.
- Wearing gloves. All maids will wear gloves when in a client’s home.
- Hand and Equipment Sanitizing. Our employees are taking extra hygiene steps as they enter and leave homes. These steps include sanitizing hands and wiping down equipment with a disinfectant before entering your home.
- 100% Microfiber. We use 100% microfiber cloths which remove 98% of bacteria and viruses when used in combination with professional cleaning products. All cloths are cleaned and sanitized and never used in more than one house.
- Surface disinfecting. We use a hospital-grade disinfectant on all high-touch surfaces throughout your home. (Counter tops, bathroom surfaces, door knobs, light switches, refrigerator handle, etc.) Be aware that when disinfecting surfaces the disinfectant needs to sit wet on the surface to work properly. You may notice us using more cleaner than normal and not drying surfaces.
- Floors. We will use a hospital-grade disinfectant to clean your hard surface floors unless you request we use the standard cleaner. Our disinfectant is a neutral pH and safe for all floor surfaces.
- Vacuums. If you prefer we use your vacuum, just let us know.
- Social Distancing. We ask that our maids be given 6 feet of social space while cleaning. We have also discontinued having our technicians come into the office to reduce the risk of passing this virus to one another.
- Staff Illness. If a tech is sick or around anyone that is sick they have been instructed to stay home.
We are taking our role as an essential business in the fight against the Covid-19 virus seriously. We are committed to helping you keep your home clean and sanitized while also limiting the risk to you, your family and our employees.
Please feel free to reach out to the office (817) 542-0347 if you have any questions or concerns.