The pandemic obliterated my business. Every single one of my students discontinued. About 3/4 of my students called me and canceled on their own, and I called the remainder and said that we should discontinue lessons until we could see how all of this would play out. Luckily, I've been a working man near all of my life (country music reference), so me and my daughter have not been starving, and I've continued to have the resources to be there for her.
The reason I canceled on the remainder of my lessons is that I'm worried about liability. For instance: what if I contracted the coronavirus, and then didn't know and continued to teach? If I passed it on to one of my students, am I liable for them getting it? Even if the answer is 'no' at first glance, once you're in an actual court they just have to convince a majority of the jury in a civil trial. There's no 'beyond a shadow of a doubt' in civil court.
I have started teaching a small amount of students, practicing my new protocols for the pandemic before I try to scale it to a full-blown schedule. I don't want to make a mistake, and end up being in court, or worse actually getting someone deathly sick.
Even though I'm excited and anxious to get back at it, I am being very slow and methodical about it. Fortunately, I'm not afraid of good old fashioned hard work, so I can afford to be careful.
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