My Covid-19 Rules
As of March 11, 2022 BC has abandoned any protective measures towards Covid-19 and its variants. This is a purely political decision and not evidence-based, the science leads us in a very different direction. We still have a record number of deaths every day, there is no vaccine available for children age 5 and under, and the BA.2 variant (a subtype of Omikron) is on the rise globally. As a pharmacist and cancer survivor, I am still going to follow the science to be able to protect myself. I will continue with my current Covid-19 Rules. I will list them first, and if you are interested in my reasons, you can scroll down, I will explain below.
- If you have a quilt top that you would like me to quilt for you, please contact me. We will discuss options, patterns, colours, pricing etc. via phone and/or email and set up a time for you to drop off your project.
- I request that you put your top, backing and batting (if applicable) into a bag or other container that can be placed on the ground. Please make sure that you write your name on the bag or put a note with your name into the bag.
- We will still be conducting business outside, and I request that customers wear a mask, even though we are outside. Please step back a few steps after ringing the doorbell. This only applies to fully vaccinated customers including booster shots. (If you haven’t received your invitation for a booster shot yet, please let me know, and we’ll figure it out on a case by case basis).
- If you are unvaccinated, please be honest about it. I am not going to lecture you but I expect you to respect my decision to avoid all unvaccinated people to protect my health. I am not concerned about catching Covid from your quilts, it is an airborne virus and doesn’t survive all that long on surfaces. We can arrange for a contactless drop off/pick up. I might ask for proof of vaccination if I have any doubt.
- If you are a close contact of a person with a positive Covid test, do not schedule any drop off or pick up with me within the next 10 days. I don’t care what the province says, I don’t care if you have symptoms or not. Isolate from me for 10 days, please, to make sure you are not an asymptomatic carrier of the virus.
- After looking at the quilt and measuring everything, I will send you an email with quilting suggestions and address potential problems.
- When your project is ready to be picked up, I will send you an email with my invoice. At this time I request online payments whenever possible to minimize all personal contact and avoid the need for me to go to the bank. Please do not bring cash. I accept online payments via Square and eTransfers. If these options don’t work for you, I can process debit and credit cards in person but I require you to be fully vaccinated and to wear a mask in this case. There will be no exception to this rule. Please remember that you are protecting me by following these rules, and I appreciate your help.
Everybody has been very understanding during all of this, and I would like to thank all my customers for their kindness and support. Let’s continue to work together to keep all of us as safe as possible.
As for my reasons, most of you who know me also know that I am a breast cancer survivor and went through Lyme disease a few years ago. On top of that I recently finished my last of six chemo treatments for NLPHL, a rare type of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As you can imagine, my immune system is still severely compromised. I am fully vaccinated, including a fast track booster shot. But Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system, and no one knows how effective the vaccine is in my special case, and I’d rather be safe than sorry. Omicron and its variants are airborne, plexiglass barriers are pretty much useless, and good ventilation is essential. Meeting outside while wearing masks reduces the risk of transmission dramatically. Thank you for understanding.