don't know if this was posted, but I wondered how the owner of shop was making out business-wise. I hope the business survives. Sounds like the shop owner is being very cautious and that's a good thing.
Ebola fears throw Ohio bridal shop owners' lives into chaos
By Susan Candiotti and Chris Welch, CNN
updated 4:21 PM EDT, Mon October 20, 2014
(CNN) -- For Anna Younker, owning a bridal shop
means serving customers who are planning one of the happiest days of
their lives. It's a job she loves.
"She's the salt of the earth," said her husband, Donald.
But since October 16, the couple's lives have been turned upside down. Ever since news broke that nurse Amber Vinson had visited their Ohio store just before being diagnosed with Ebola, the fallout has been unrelenting.
Don and Anna Younker of Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal sent
photos of the decontamination process underway at their business.
The cleaning company is ClorDiSys Solutions, inc of Lebanon, New Jersey
who is donating their services. Keep in mind, this type of cleaning was
not required and no one asked bridal shop owners to do it, but Anna
Younker has said she is doing it as an extra precautionary step, for
peace of mind.
The couple's Coming
Attractions Bridal Shop, a business they cultivated for nearly 25 years,
is dark, they say, mainly thanks to Ebola hysteria.
"It's a little hard to
believe that something like Ebola from halfway around the world can
affect our lives right here in Akron," said Donald Younker. "The world
is clearly smaller than we think."
On Sunday, the bridal
shop looked like a "Star Trek" set. Bright blue light beamed from five
ultraviolet ray machines in an operation designed to eliminate any
possible trace of the Ebola virus. It's called a TORCH UV system from
New Jersey-based ClorDiSys Solutions Inc. The Younkers say a team spent
about five hours performing the service free of charge.
Now, the fascinating part: The Summit County Health Department told the family the cleaning effort was unnecessary.
"You don't have to do it if you don't want to, that's what they told us," Anna Younker said.
Even if the virus was
present, health officials say it doesn't live long on surfaces. Dr.
Marguerite Erme, the Summit County medical director, also told CNN the
cleanup wasn't needed.
"It was the same thing they told us about closing," Younker added.
'I'm hoping that this will ease everybody's mind'
The couple say they did it because of "public scrutiny."
"I'm hoping that this
will ease everybody's mind that if there's anything floating in my store
that it's gonna be gone,' Anna Younker said.
The couple say that by shutting their doors and scrubbing the shop, they hope to "get rid of any" stigmatization.
Or will they?
Despite their efforts, the Younkers worry they may have to get rid of their entire inventory, including hundreds of dresses.
"I think that's probably what I'll have to do," Donald Younker said.
For now, their insurance company is suggesting they may not be covered, saying a virus such as Ebola may be an exclusion.
Yet, the Younkers say, there's no evidence the virus was in the shop.
He's also worried about possible lawsuits from customers. He isn't sure why. Yet he says nothing would surprise him.
It's unexpected craziness," said his wife, Anna. "Some people are going over and beyond to panic."
Anna Younker is listed
as a "contact" with Vinson because she waited on her in the bridal shop.
The Health Department told her that for three days, she wasn't allowed
to leave her home.
Now, the restrictions
have been loosened. She can leave her house but cannot use public
transportation and must tell officials if she wants to leave the county.
Someone still comes to her home to record her temperature once a day.
Her 21-day oversight will last about two more weeks before it can be
But even though her husband, who works at IBM, and their 10-year-old son have no official restrictions, they're also affected.
"He was supposed to go
to an amusement park to do some Halloween activities. He was supposed to
go to a Cavs game, (but) we can't do any," she said. "They're not under
quarantine, but because of the stigma that we would feel ... and
getting scrutinized and being told we were reckless with public safety,
we didn't want that," she added.
When she first found out
about Vinson, Younker called her son's school principal to let her
know. "I wanted to make sure she was comfortable that my son was at
school, and she was," Younker said.
Then, as news spread,
the school closed as a precaution to get scrubbed down. The principal
told her that parents were calling with concerns. "They asked me what
can I do," Younker said. "They weren't telling me I cannot send my son
to school but ... I did choose to keep him home just so all the parents,
teachers, families are not panicking."
And while Younker says
she's been getting a lot of support from a diocese and friends, there
are others who don't want her son there, for now.
"I don't want my son to
be treated as if he's full of germs. ... There've been some parents that
said if this particular child would come to school that's associated
with this Ebola ... they will not send their kids to school."
"I don't want to disrupt everybody else's learning. I want everybody to go to school and feel comfortable."
His parents are picking up his homework so he doesn't fall behind.
Trying to cope
Meantime, questions keep
coming. Some of them, the couple says, are baseless, according to what
health officials are telling them.
"A lot of it is just
nonsense. ... Did I use the same tape measure, measuring those
bridesmaids as I used on their bridesmaids? ... That's not how this
disease is caught," Anna Younker said.
For now, from both a
personal and business standpoint, the couple are counting the days when
they can get everything back to normal.
"Even though I feel good, we have to be cautious," she said.
She's calling customers, delivering dresses and making arrangements for alterations as needed.
"No one will be out of their dresses."
Edited by PurplePhase - Oct 21 2014 at 3:10am