Chipley businesses feel the burdens of social distancing

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - During a global pandemic, not even a small town like Chipley can escape the financial heat the coronavirus is bringing.

Chipley business owners are making changes to keep customers safe and socially distant. (WJHG/WECP)

With social distancing guidelines preventing stores like Sister’s Sweets from letting customers dine-in, they’re doing to-go orders, just to keep making a living.

“It has been a little more challenging only because there’s so many to-go orders, a lot more people coming in than just dining in, it has decreased revenue maybe by half,” said Sister’s Sweet owner Gina Pippin.

The new guidelines are even prompting the bakery to put tape on the floor, indicating the new, socially acceptable six-foot distance.

Down the street, at the Styling Station Salon and Spa, cuts have been made to the daily staff.

“We’re just working half the staff, so a lot of the girls aren’t able to work, they have their children at home that they’re having to take care of,” said Styling Station owner Sonya Hyatt.

Pippin also said she’s been touched by the community still supporting them, even during challenging times.

“It’s heartbreaking to see some of the businesses not being able to continue, but it makes you very proud that everybody does pull together and realize that you do have to continue to support the small business,” said Pippin.

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