Company Ensures Customer and Employee Safety Amid Omicron

DETROIT (WXYZ) – Thirteen cases of the omicron variant are now confirmed in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Two of those cases are in Detroit and two more in other parts of Wayne County.

With a rush of last-minute shoppers for the holidays, how are Detroit metro companies keeping people safe?

The City Bird co-owner said he enjoys the foot traffic while on vacation. At the same time, he said he was carefully monitoring the number of people in the store at a time.

“If it’s a little too crowded, we go out and keep people out for a little while,” said Andy Linn.

Linn, who is also a co-owner of Nest, strives to put health and safety before profits. He said staff at the two Midtown Detroit stores had not given up and were still taking COVID-19 seriously 22 months after the start of the pandemic.

“We are definitely monitoring the omicron situation closely. It is certainly a matter of concern to us and our staff. We demand vaccination for all employees, ”explained Linn.

This includes getting the callback. In addition, he said staff members are required to mask themselves. They also test frequently.

“And if someone has a symptom of any kind, even like a sore throat or a runny nose, we get tested immediately. It’s actually amazing that we haven’t had a single case of COVID on our staff of 17 throughout the pandemic. So knock on wood. I think that seems to be working, “Linn said.

He says all clients are encouraged to wear a mask, especially the unvaccinated. But it is not obligatory since the State does not impose it.

Client Alice Duffy says she doesn’t leave the house without her.

“I’ve tried doing a lot of my shopping online this year, much like I did last year,” Duffy said. “Staying safe is really important to me. I got my booster just two weeks ago. Going out in public without a mask.”

City Bird is scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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