I've wanted to make a statement about this for weeks, but I honestly haven't had any idea how best to move forward. Obviously, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on life as we know it. Many of us are eager to get back to our old ways of life, be it going to concerts or the movie theater, meeting friends at bars, or getting back to the dungeon. Texas is officially open for business again, so read below for more information on how I'm currently handling kink in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
I'm limiting my availability for sessions for our mutual safety, setting my schedule on a month-by-month basis so that I can best monitor how the virus continues to develop. For May, I decided to see clients on four different dates: Friday the 1st, Saturday the 2nd, Sunday the 17th, and Monday the 18th. That's the extent of my availability this month, and I haven't decided yet whether or not I'll be taking sessions in June. Should I decide it's safe to work that month I'll be sure to send out a newsletter with my available dates and update my website and social media accordingly.
There are lots of factors I'm still debating when it comes to moving forward in this new world, like how often I'm comfortable working, whether or not I should raise my rates due to the increased health risks of working in a pandemic, whether or not I should implement a two-hour session minimum, etc. For now, however, this is my protocol:
Masks required. For our mutual safety, masks are required for both of us. This means some activities, like spit play, are off the table-- though I prefer thinking of it as a new form of tease and denial rather than a limitation. I'll be wearing disposable gloves at all times and changing them often.
Monitor your symptoms. If you've been experiencing any symptoms of COVID, even if you think it's just allergies or the flu, I ask that you don't book with me. If you've already booked, please reach out promptly to reschedule. If you show up to the dungeon with a cough or a fever, I'll consider that a deliberate disregard for my safety and you'll be sent home without a refund.
Traveling? Make it worth it. I'm most comfortable playing with clients in the DFW area, but I'm happy to see select clients from out of town who've driven privately, rather than traveled by bus or plane. Because every city and state is handling the virus differently and because travel increases overall risk of COVID exposure and spread, I request a three-hour session minimum for out-of-towners to compensate for the additional health risks I'm taking to play with you.
Limited availability. I'm limiting my availability to up to three sessions per date worked. Same-day sessions are not an option, nor are sessions outside of my posted dates. Because of this extremely limited availability, there will be a surcharge should you prefer to be my guaranteed first client of the day.
To keep us both safe, I'm holding myself to strict standards. I've been self-isolating at home since late March, only leaving the house to run errands I can't complete inside, like going to the post office or bank. Though Texas is technically open for business, I'm acting like it's not. I'm not visiting restaurants or parks, nor do I have plans to visit hair and nail salons, movie theaters, or the mall. I always wear a mask and gloves when I'm out running errands, and I continue to practice strict social distancing. If I ever notice any symptoms of my own, even if I think it's just allergies or a small head cold, I'll be reaching out promptly to find a solution that works for both of us.
Pre-COVID, I toured extensively, averaging two to three trips out of town each month since December 2016. This intensified an already demanding job, and as much as I love traveling and tormenting clients all over the world, being stuck at home for so long recently has taught me that frequent touring was a detriment to my personal life. With that in mind, going forward I'm going to be touring considerably less often.
So, when am I hitting the road again? I honestly don't know, but I do know that I won't be traveling again until I've determined it's safe. I'll be relying on statistics from multiple sources to make this decision and it doesn't matter what states decide on their own, or even what the federal government has to say: I'm staying put in Dallas until I'm comfortable leaving.
Currently, I plan to resume touring in stages. First, I'll resume touring in Texas-- good news for you, Houston! After that, I'll resume touring to neighboring states I can comfortably drive to, like Oklahoma and Arkansas. I won't be comfortable flying again for quite some time, which unfortunately rules out travel to larger cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago for the time being. Hopefully I'll be back at the airport in a matter of months, but I'm well aware it could be much longer than that. Needless to say, Fly Me To Yous and international travel are off the table for the foreseeable future.
I wish I could write more about my protocol for future tours, but it doesn't make sense to outline a set of rules when traveling isn't even an option right now. The only thing I know for sure is that whatever my protocol is for Dallas at the time of my trip will be the same in your city: this could mean masks, session minimums, etc.
Touring is complicated, and not nearly as effortless and easy as your favorite Dommes make it seem. Please stay tuned for for more information on how I'm structuring my travel plans going forward.