We have ordered hand disinfectants to hand out to employees and clients; we should be receiving them shortly as they are sold out basically anywhere and everywhere you go to. Although we care deeply about our environment, and used to clean with environmental friendly cleaning agents. we have had no option but to start using CDC recommended cleaning agents that are effective for disinfection and preventive measures. We have also ordered an industrial steam floor cleaner. The 3 vending machines that have just been installed are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before being filled with items.
As a provider of services to companies that manufacture or might want to manufacture in the United States, we are lucky in that our staff does not have the need to travel. That said we are also realistic: no matter how hard we have been working in implementing preventive measures, we cannot and do not ignore the fact that employees and/or clients might have been unknowingly had contact with people who travelled recently; they travel to and from work, which causes them to be close to people whom they both know and don't know. They are also in direct contact with members of their families, perhaps neighbours,, possibly with other people located in groceries (as an example), and might go to other small community gatherings. According to Health Authorities COVID-19 can spread out in a 15 feet radius if someone has the disease.
We have been cleaning more frequently., and have been stressing to our staff how now it is important more than ever to keep all areas cleaner, especially the Break Room (which is going to be renovated). Exacta Garment has always used disinfectants; even prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to cleaning, we have always taken pest control very seriously, We have not had vermin issues for a long time. We concentrate all garbage (mostly edges of fabric that were cut and not used by people with disabilities) in one area, and we are working to move it further away from where it is located now.
We are reaching out both as a reassurance, and to inform you of the precautions Exacta Garment is taking to ensure the well-being of our employees and clients. Based on current guidance from the CDC, we want to assure you that the health and safety of our staff, clients, and community at-large is our utmost priority – now, and always.
Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we reiterate their sound advice: If you are not feeling well, or if you have been in contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19, we ask that you do not come to Exacta Garment - please stay home and take care.
We have posted flyers (both in English and in Spanish) from the CDC to help our employees learn about and understand COVID-19. After serious discussions about whether we would be invading their privacy, we have decided that it is in the company's best interest to require clients to follow the same hygiene advice that our staff is required to; such as washing their hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds with soap and hot water (sing ‘happy birthday’ to themselves twice to make sure they do this for 20 seconds). They should do this whenever their get home or into work, blow their nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food. Cover their coughs and sneezes, preferably with tissue or your sleeve if tissue is not available. If they can’t wash their hands straightaway, they should use hand sanitiser and then wash them at the next opportunity, and avoid touching their face..
They should also use tissues if they sneeze and make sure they dispose of them quickly; and stay at home if they are feeling unwell. To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. You can read more here: Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities.
We also encourage everyone to get information from the CDC; their FAQs page has important and helpful information.
Please contact a seamstress for 1 (one) piece. We do not work with individuals for 1 (one) piece projects. We provide services to wholesalers, and to small businesses, in bulk quantities. Thank you for your understanding.