We’re more than halfway through the current COVID-19 induced lockdown in South Africa. If, like us, you’ve been spending a bit more time on social media than usual, you may also be aware of a widely varied range of speculative theories regarding possible lockdown extensions, reduced but strict measures, continued bans on gatherings, etc., etc., etc.

We’re not ashamed to admit our isolated internet hours have led us down a few conspiracy theory rabbit holes, so we’ve had some temporary doubts of any future prospect of normalcy. Luckily, the more general consensus is more upbeat. That’s not to say the crisis is over, and as far as relatively rational thought goes in leading our decisions, we are preparing for some form of continued restriction on QuikPix Photo Booth operations. We know, we know. This is depressing for us as well. We’d like to think we could just head out our door next Friday night and find dozens of great parties everywhere, but sadly, we doubt this will be the case.

For several weeks we’ve been pressing the refresh button on our inboxes. Initially, we felt forlorn and forgotten because no-one was mailing us, missing us and asking us to come to their parties. Then, we started being greeted with mails like the one which promised that we were eligible for thousands of Rand in small business relief, if we only contacted Mrs. Edna on her cell. We haven’t done that yet, but we expect she’ll call us soon. Then, there were some half-hearted phishing attempts, disguised as downloadable forms for debt relief. But then…we saw a light! We started receiving a slow, tentative trickle of optimistic enquiries. Events being planned for the end of May, June and July. While they seem risky, we do not require deposits at this time and we’re holding dates for these enquiries until we have clarity on the next set of guidelines. These events might seem too optimistic for a country still in lockdown, but it helped to remind us that there will be an end to this.

Having said that, and despite having become voracious readers of everything corona-related, we are not health experts (our quarantine stockpile of almost exclusively Doritos, cheese and chocolate also attests to that). While we are relatively certain there will be some form of extension to the restriction of movement and limitation of public gatherings, we are very proud of how our government seems to have handled this situation with world-class efficiency. This gives us hope that it won’t be too long before we can get normal bookings rolling for your events again. Rest assured; we haven’t been spending all our time on the above-mentioned internet rabbit holes and Doritos comas. We have been working on some exciting upgrades which we’ll implement as soon as we’re able to be fully operational again, and we think you’ll love the improvements.

Even though we don’t know how long it will take for us to really get back to normal, whenever it does happen, we want you to know how excited we are to get back to doing what we love and providing you with a better service than ever.

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