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Alternative Workspaces Adapting to COVID-19

As we find ourselves four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses continue to reopen their doors to customers. In many cases, retail shops have no trouble letting customers browse and shop, as long as they wear masks. When it comes to restaurants, outdoor dining has become the new norm. However, when it comes to business where it seems that the indoors space is essential, how is it possible to stay afloat? For one woman, adapting was a necessity to stay open.


Dr. Teri Goetz is an acupuncturist in New York City who was forced to shut her doors early on due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I had a chance to discuss how her alternative workspace has impacted her business, and how she has been able to deal with the situation at hand. According to Goetz, she closed very early in March, and only just opened about three weeks ago stating “I closed my practice pretty quickly when I heard what was going on.” She goes on to mention how her services are considered high-risk, so it became a necessity to close her doors.


Which seems like a fairly common, but extremely unfair, practice as her landlord has made her pay for rent during those months in isolation. In a sense, there became no other option for her to no