Wow, I have not posted in a while!
I have been furloughed from my job at one of the Rochester, NY Dick's Sporting Goods stores since the end of March/beginning of April and was home sick since the beginning of March/end of February. I have been stuck at home for all but 20 days of it, which were spent at the VA getting my PTSD meds adjusted. We just got an email from our manager telling us that we have a tentative re-opening date for next week and that we will have some new policies in place to help prevent the spread; and that they'll be calling us this weekend with specifics. The cabin fever has been a struggle for me mentally because while I'm an introvert who values their alone time, I need to interact with humans on a regular basis or I get a bit stir-crazy.
I am super excited to go back to work, but I'm still wary of the risks that will come with it. I'll be using public transit almost daily, be in contact with the public most of the day, and my position requires me to handle items (and cash when I back up the registers); and not all items can be fully wiped down - much of what I sell in the hunting department can actually be damaged by bleach. I'm fortunate that I live alone and thus don't have a potentially vulnerable family member that could be at increased risk; but it's still a risk for myself. One of my co-workers has a pregnant significant other who's due date is soon - they'll have an infant at home that they'll have to protect - and he's my main backup when I get swamped or need a half day. There's only six of us to cover the department and one of them is actually assigned to anther department while the other three are primarily assistant managers - meaning that there's really only two of us to solely work in the department and the other guy has a day job and only works weekends; which only leaves me to work the department on a regular basis. I usually work alone too, except when the younger guy is home from college (so hopefully now that classes have officially ended he'll be available to alternate opening and closing with me or one of us can usually open while the other one closes because closing one night and opening the next morning when you don't get home until after midnight is rough).
Have any of you been furloughed or have been working during this shutdown? I know at least in New York the whole state has been almost entirely shut down for months, but I'm not sure about other states. Any tips that anyone can offer for going back to retail work at this time?