HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The state wide mask mandate is set to expire in a month and the CDC just updated their guidelines for people who’ve been vaccinated. One Huntsville sign shop is keeping up with the changes.
Demand for signs, specifically ones with rules posted on masking and social distancing, have skyrocketed during the pandemic. One local sign shop in the Tennessee Valley is keeping up with the changes in COVID-19 safety recommendations and making signs to help keep you safe.
As mandates expire and COVID updates are issued out, the safety signs you see across the Tennessee Valley have to match up with those recommendations. FASTSIGNS in Huntsville has been making sure the message is clear throughout the pandemic.
We met with Sadiya Ahmed of FASTSIGNS Huntsville. She tells us, “As we’ve learned this past year. Signage is really the most essential way of spreading a message.”
Alabama’s statewide mask mandate is expected to expire April 9th. FASTSIGNS is anticipating a need for more masking signs by local businesses once that happens and they’re careful to make sure the policy on each sign is clear for everyone. Ahmed says, “Having kind of templates and pre-made phrases that make it very clear on whether something is required versus something is encouraged… That way it’s less grey area. Less room for conflict.”
The CDC changed it’s recommendations for fully vaccinated people. Now, they say it’s safe for vaccinated people to gather indoors with other people who have been vaccinated, or even people who haven’t-- as long as they’re not considered ‘high risk’. Ahmed says, “We’re kind of anticipating a lot of the safety signage to be updated with things such as ‘vaccine required’ or even ‘proof of vaccine’ or ‘proof of vaccination required’-- that’s something we’re kind of anticipating.”
The demand for signs has changed during the pandemic.
Ahmed says, “Earlier in the pandemic, we were getting maybe 80-90 percent of out projects were COVID related. I would say it’s actually reduced… COVID safety is now maybe 40 to 50 percent.”
One encouraging “sign” this business is seeing? More local companies and construction groups are reaching out for non-COVID related signage. I’m told this is a light at the end of the tunnel for our local economy.