Six weeks after Governor Doug Ducey issued a statewide stay at home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jeff’s Auto Clinic on A Avenue was back open for business Monday, May 4 this time however, with some restrictions.
“Feels good to be back at work,” mechanic Frankie Arellano said.”The time that we were closed was not good, everybody lost hours, lost their wages. We have to get back to work sometime.”
Signs outside the office of Jeff’s Auto advises customers what will be expected from them with the social distancing regulations currently in place. Arellano wears a mask and gloves and sprays down the interior of any vehicle with a disinfectant before getting inside.
“We can’t be too careful with what is going on right now,” he said. “We all have families to go home to, but yet we have to work to survive.”
Arellano is the lone mechanic on duty at Jeff’s Auto. Jeff Plyler is on hand scheduling appointments and taking payments.
“Everything we do is by appointment,” Arellano said. “We’re trying to get our customers in as quickly as we can.”
Arellano is unable to elaborate how much revenue Jeff’s Auto lost during the closure. He did say people were calling him, sometimes several times a day, asking when would the shop reopen.
“Being a small business our sales go up and down,” he said. “Everyday you are closed you’re losing money. It’s good to be back.”
Arellano says being at home with his wife during the state issued stay at home order was tough.
“It’s not like it’s a vacation,” he said.”You’re trying to be safe and stay at home and keep everybody around you safe.”
Arellano admits even he has felt the stress of COVID-19.
“This is impacting all of us,” he said. “It would be nice if everybody would stay safe, that way it wouldn’t spread and we don’t have to deal with this again.”