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Reopening: How We Will Decide

Our 4 Indicators

We will be looking at four major indicators as we weigh the decision to restore service:

  1. Peak Infection: Until we are at or near peak infection, we won’t know for sure if our local hospital system will be able to bear the increased load. It will also be impossible before then to know if our healthcare professionals have all the equipment and supplies they need. I DO NOT want to draw critical equipment and supplies from the supply chain until I have some assurance that our hospitals have what they need. At present, the Maine CDC models point to peak infection for our area sometime around April 24th. This is a moving target and will be monitored daily.
  2. Clear direction on best practices: Guidance from the CDC has shifted significantly in the past 2 weeks. We will continue to monitor and look for areas of broad agreement across the CDC, WHO, OSHA and our own industry’s Global Biorisk Advisory Council. Consensus is emerging across sources, so our comfort level is increasing daily. This is about protecting the health and safety of our staff and of you, our customers.
  3. Lifting of strict stay-at-home orders. While our business is specifically cited as “essential” in the City of Portland, the state offers no guidance and nationally, the story is mixed. In harder-hit areas, residential cleaning has been shut down. In many other areas, it has been deemed essential. Quite frankly, I am of the opinion that deeming residential cleaning services “essential” is a stretch. I have substantial economic interest in going along with the “essential” designation, but for reasons stated above, I don’t believe it’s a responsible position to take at this time.
  4. Client need. At some point, we will all need to move forward and learn to operate in this new reality. We are making good progress. In the meantime, we will be assessing your interest/need on a case-by-case basis for when we begin to restore service.

Monitoring Trusted Sources

As the situation evolves, we will continually revisit trusted sources to ensure we are acting upon the latest and most accurate information available.

From what I can gather, we are leading in the house cleaning industry, and perhaps across home services in general. I intend to keep our small team focused and working hard to ensure a safe, sensible resumption of our green house cleaning services.

Yours in safety and health,

-Joe W.

Founder & CEO


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