Thought I’d take this opportunity to express how much our motorcycle community means to our Chariots of Fire family. We went from a time change, full moon, Friday the 13th week the beginning of March to a full pandemic overnight! It was with a heavy heart that we postponed our Customer Appreciation Day. As the week of March 16th continued to unfold, it was the right decision. The safety of our staff and customers is of utmost importance. As of the writing of this I’m still not sure when to schedule a new customer appreciation day. I am hoping the end of April, we shall see . . .
Yes, we remain open for business with the CDC recommendations in mind. We are not ignoring or taking lightly this pandemic. Nor are we panicking. Social distancing, cleaning diligently multiple times during the day, and washing our hands are all precautions in place. No hugs from Reine! No hand shakes from Jan! We ask that you also follow CDC recommendations. Please respect our staff by staying six feet back from counters; please stay home if you have any symptoms; we can ship items directly to your home – call us for details for this option. Staying open means that we can continue to work on your motorcycle and get you ready for the riding season. After all, the seasons change; spring is here; the road is calling us!
The motorcycle world is by nature a social world. Asking us to practice social distancing is difficult, but achievable. Social distancing when you are riding is easy with only one to two riders. It is also a mental health break which we all can use during these stressful times. However, much of our socializing includes getting together for fundraisers and rides that stop for beverages or food. That is on hold for now. Let’s be smart and help “flatten the curve”! This means difficult choices for our upcoming events.
I was just informed that the Annual Run for the Wall has been canceled. You can go to their website for more information. They had to make that very hard choice with such a huge event early as it involves reservations and much planning. Having just read Lincoln County Health departments “Stay at Home Order” for March 29 – April 6 we decided that canceling April’s Lincoln County Bike Night as best practice to help flatten the curve. We are also canceling the April Fun Run event which was scheduled for Sunday, April 26.
It seems business as usual for us. We still get up and come in and run our business. I am here all day with the first half of the day working from “home” for my occupational therapy school based job. I miss my students! We are blessed to be able to continue to have the shop open. We pray daily that COVID-19 stays at bay. It is affecting our family members as I am sure it is affecting yours. I choose light and love and peace. I am keeping fear and anxiety at bay. Prayers for all of you and your families. Thank you for coming in and supporting us! Thank you for understanding decisions to hold off on some events. This year’s Customer Appreciation Day will have extra special meaning behind it! I already have some cool items to hand out! I already had a cake ordered! I can’t wait to see all your smiling faces! Peace Out, Reine