TULSA, Okla. — Brenanda Thibodaux has owned Renew You Massage and Spa in Broken Arrow for eight years. Other than closing briefly to move locations, she's never closed for business.
As coronavirus cases spread throughout Green Country, she decided to close her business on March 16, to protect her staff and customers.
“We have a lot of clients that are older that come in. We don’t know where we’ve been that someone has had coronavirus or possibly may have come in contact with someone else,” Thibodaux said.
She wasn't anticipating an executive order by the governor mandating non-essential businesses close for 21 days. Now, because of being proactive ahead of time, her business will be closed a month.
Thibodaux said, “We get paid by our clients and since we don’t have any clients, we don’t have any income coming in."
She is not only paying rent for the spa, but also has a mortgage for her and her two sons. She has asked her spa landlord for a deferment.
"They said that they would work with us and that's that," Thibodaux said.
In the meantime, she still has bills to pay and has already lost thousands of dollars.
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