City manager offers tips as businesses plan 'retail-to-go'
Starting at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, some businesses in Texas will be able to offer “retail to go,” or curbside and delivery operations per an executive order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
“We are anxious to get the local economy through this recovery period,” City Manager Kent Myers said.
Myers offered a few tips for customers and businesses alike, as he expects to see about six to eight stores open on Main Street tomorrow.
“Social distancing is still critical,” Myers said. “If people are waiting outside for their curbside orders, we hope they maintain those social distancing guidelines and not be congregating with others.”
Under Abbott’s order, customers can purchase items from retail locations and either pick them up or get them delivered.
However, customers aren’t allowed to enter businesses’ premises.
It also insists items be purchased over the phone or remotely online.
Contact between a shopper and an employee should be minimized whenever possible.
Myers also wanted to let everyone know restrooms at Marktplatz have reopened.
“We encourage people to use those restrooms instead of walking into somebody’s business, as that isn’t allowed per the Governor’s order,” Myers said.
As for businesses, Myers said this presents an opportunity for them to boost their online presence.
“A lot of business are already (operating online) by publishing on their websites and offering curbside and home delivery services,” Myers said. “I’ve also seen a lot of businesses putting signs on their doors advertising their online services.”
Under this order, employees must be trained on environmental cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
All employees are required to wear face coverings and wash or sanitize hands upon entering the premises.
“All of the employees will be checked to see if there showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or fevers,” Myers said.
He added officers have been handing out Texas Health and Human Services guidelines and the governor’s order to every business in Fredericksburg to ensure they’re informed.
“We feel pretty confident all of the businesses will comply,” Myers said.
Abbott is expected to issue new orders on Monday, so Myers said he’s “expecting major changes next week.”
To see which businesses will be offering online shopping, go to https://www.fredericksburg-texas.com/online-shopping.
Guidelines for customers and employees are listed below:
• All employees must be trained on environmental cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
• All employees must be screened before coming into the business for new or worsening cough; shortness of breath; sore throat; loss of taste or smell; feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit; or known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19.
Any employee who meets any of these criteria should be sent home.
• Upon entering the business, employees must wash or sanitize their hands.
• All employees must wear face coverings.
• Employees must maintain at least six feet of separation from one another.
• Customers may purchase items from a retail location for pick up, delivery by mail or delivery to the customer’s doorstep, but may not enter the premises.
• Retail to go:
- All payments should be made over the phone or internet if possible and contact should be minimized if re-mote payment is unavailable.
- Purchased items should be delivered by the employee to the backseat or trunk of the customer’s vehicle when-ever possible to minimize physical contact with the customer.
- Employees must wash or sanitize their hands after each interaction with a customer and whenever possible, must disinfect any item that came into contact with the customer.
• Retail delivery to customer’s doorstep:
- All payments should be made over the phone or internet if possible, and con-tact should be minimized if remote payment is unavailable.
- Purchased items should be delivered to the customer’s doorstep. The employee or third party carrier may not enter the customer’s house or business.
• Retail delivery by mail:
- All payments must be made over the phone or internet.
- Purchased items should be delivered by mail without customer contact.
• The customer should wash or sanitize their hands after the transaction.
The public is reminded that while providing or obtaining essential services or reopened services, people and businesses should follow the guidelines from the president and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness and sanitation, implementing social distancing and working from home, if possible.
The Governor’s Executive Order No. GA-16 can be viewed at https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-16_Opening_Texas_COVID-1....