The difficult task of getting the Texas economy back up and running takes a huge step forward on Friday as the so-called “retail-to-go” plan hits the streets.
The idea is simply to get Texas businesses up and running again by allowing businesses to take orders from customers and either have the items delivered to customers' homes or have customers pick up their order curbside outside the store.
"Because we've seen that this model works while also containing COVID-19, we believe that all stores in Texas to be able to operate retail to go, " Gov. Abbott said.
Gov. Abbott also says that this will allow all the stores deemed nonessential by previous COVID-19 executive orders to start operating again and earning some sort of revenue.
The idea is to minimize contact between customers and store employees. Additional requirements of the plan are supposed to ensure that employees are required to be trained on how to disinfect and clean surfaces properly, be screened for fever and other potential COVID-19 symptoms before work, wear a face covering and maintain a 6-foot social distance from other employees and customers at all times.
Administrators say that payments, if possible, should be done over the phone or online. If that cannot be done, all measures should be taken to limit contact during the payment process. When using the store pick up method, the customer should be directed to open the trunk and allow the store employee to place the order in ito the vehicle.
Gov. Abbott is expected to announce more details Monday of his broader plans to reopen the Texas economy.