As many hair stylists are actually self-employed contractors, limiting the number of stylists who can work in a salon to maintain social distancing and number guidelines is detrimental to their financial well-being. Safety measures used include complimentary magazines and beverages not offered, walk-ins being asked to wait off premises until they can be seen, and video screenings prior to visiting the salon to ensure the client is well.

Two-thirds of America’s restaurants are independent small businesses, that employ 11 million of the 15 million workers in this sector, most of whom are now unemployed. Beyond the financial, restaurants are central to culture and well-being. But over 78% of Americans say they would be uncomfortable eating at a restaurant. With very little direction on how to reopen and with space restrictions that make social distancing impossible, restaurants need creative and innovative solutions to survive, according to Rohini Dey.

The Heart of the Beast Theater in one of Minneapolis’ most diverse neighborhoods uses its signage to send messages of hope. Theater venues and performances are facing an unknown future, with many artists, actors, and others in creative industries being impacted severely.

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Twin Cities, Minnesota


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As people line-up outside a bike shop, they informally try to maintain social distancing guidelines. Stores could help by adding signs or sitting for those who cannot stand for a long time. See examples from Copenhagen, highlighted in this website.

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Twin Cities, Minnesota


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A line forms outside a prominent ice-cream shop that serves primarily Minneapolis’ Latino community. As only a few customers can enter at a time, social distancing guidelines are hard to enforce outside the store. Adding signs that help people organize themselves would ensure compliance. Sitting for those who cannot stand for long would also help.

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Twin Cities, Minnesota


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With the neon lights off in Japan’s Red Light District, Tokyo’s 300,000 sex workers have to look for work elsewhere. Some are endangering themselves by having to visit customers’ directly.

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Japan