The Holidays Sure Have Changed …

Several window film businesses have changed how they gather to celebrate the holidays and honor their staff this season, as COVID is still impacting the country. Window Film magazine recently conducted a poll to see what percentage of industry shops would be open, have reduced hours, host a holiday party and more.

When it comes to holiday gatherings our poll results showed that 66% of film businesses will have a small socially distanced party this year, according to the poll. The poll results also showed that 33% of window film businesses will have special holiday hours.

Michelle Clark, president of Carolina Premier Window Films, Inc., in Rock Hill, S.C., says her company will be going to dinner to celebrate the holidays with her staff. She also noted that her company will not be open this weekend or next weekend, as Carolina Premier Window Films, Inc. only focuses on flat glass window tint installations.

Tommy Silva, CEO and president of T&T Tinting Specialists, Inc., located in Honolulu, Hawaii, said recent gathering restrictions are preventing his company from holding a holiday party this year.

“Unfortunately because of Hawaii’s current COVID Tier System we can only gather in groups no larger than 5 people, so we cannot celebrate together,” said Silva.

For the first time T&T’s in 39 year history, it is not having a company-wide Christmas celebration, according to Silva, which usually involves all 30 employees plus their guests. “This year I just sent a personal Christmas card to each employee along with a dinner gift certificate for each to go and enjoy with their families and a few custom T&T face masks to remember the year by,” said Silva. “We will get back to doing it all again next year!”

Silva’s company is also planning to close at 2 p.m. on both Christmas and New Year’s Eve, as well as closing on the holidays.

Fusion Tools is following in a similar style, as this company is also not having a company gathering. “We are not doing a big celebration this year, but we never do,” said Jordan Campbell, vice president of Fusion Tools, located in Maryville, Ill. “Maybe we will in the future, but for now everyone is happy just to have the time off to spend with their families. We do get our employees Christmas gifts and they seem to appreciate that.”

If you were thinking about hosting an in-person gathering at work for your company, The Centers for Disease Control does have a page on its site designated to “COVID-19: Holiday Celebrations,” which covers everything from social distancing, limited attendance, staggered attendance and more.

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