In order to combat the worldwide pandemic of Covid-19, states have had to close down virtually everything from schools, to parks, and stores by implementing a stay at home order.
This stay at home order hinders the normalcy in everyone’s lives, especially those who are not provided with work at home opportunities due to having jobs in retail, restaurants, and more.
What this means is that many students who have jobs at non-essential businesses are faced with the challenge of no longer being able to work and receive a guaranteed paycheck every week.
Senior Julia Swierzb, who typically maintains a busy schedule between school, track and field, as well as her job at Marcus Theatre said: “I’m glad that we are shut down because now I don’t have to be scrambling around trying to schedule my life out along with school and sports, but I do miss working.”
“I also miss seeing my friends and coworkers. I started out this quarantine with $400 in my bank account to having less than $200. Even though I do miss it, I’m not too sad that we got shut down. I think it gives us a moment to breathe a little,” said Swierzb.
Similar to Swierzb, Senior Venus Acevedo also is facing a temporary loss of her job. Acevedo has been working at Goodwill for almost a year. A normal week of work for her would usually average to about 25-30 hours. However, due to Covid-19, Goodwill had to make the decision to close its stores down until this August, leaving all of the people who work there unemployed until the end of the summer.
When Covid-19 cases were starting to emerge in Addison, Acevedo’s managers took many precautions to make sure their employees were not coughing into their sleeves, touching objects and then touching their faces, and more. However, when social distancing procedures became mandatory in stores and the stay at home order was officially put into place, the store had to close immediately.
“I miss working mostly because it kept me on a schedule. However, now that I am with my family all the time, I don’t get socially drained from them,” said Acevedo.
While there are many businesses that have had no option but to close down during these unprecedented times, other businesses are still open and running. For grocery store employees this means extensive changes in basic store operations, as well as big rushes of shoppers and “panic buyers.”
“We have clear plastic barriers between the cashier and customer now and they have to put their money on the counter and not in our hand,” said Junior Sameer Majeed, who works at Jewel-Osco.
Restaurants, on the other hand, are seeing a drastic decrease in the number of customers, and are making large cuts in hours given to employees.
“At first it was very slow to the point where we would just sit around and about every two hours we would get one online order, but orders have been picking up lately,” said senior Arely Camacho, who works at Mod Pizza.
During these times of uncertainty, it’s undoubtedly been difficult for everyone to adjust to having their routine schedules altered, especially for those who hold a job while being a student.
Despite the drastic changes, however, it’s important for individuals to remember to stay safe, social distance, and continue pushing through until life can return to normal once again.