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Retail to Go: DSHS Offers Guidance on How to Re-Open Safely for Both Employees and Customers

Brian Hernandez
Apr 22, 2020
Posted by: Brian Hernandez

Retail to Go: DSHS Offers Guidance on How to Re-Open Safely for Both Employees and Customers

On April 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott signed an Executive Order authorizing the re-opening of retail businesses effective April 24. 

Review the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) guidance on how to re-open safely for both employees and customers:

I am an Employee of a retail business re-opening. What should I do to keep myself and our customers safe?

  • 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 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit; or known close contact who meets any of these criteria should be sent home.
  • Upon entering the business, employees must wash or sanitize hands.
  • All employees must wear face coverings.
  • Employees must maintain at least 6 feet separation from one another.

I am a Customer. How do I purchase and obtain goods from a retail store that has just re-opened?

  • Customers may purchase items from a retail location for pickup, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customer’s doorstep, but may not enter the premises.
  • Retail to-go:
  • -All payments should be done over the phone or internet if possible, and contact should be minimized if remote payment is not available.

    -Purchased items should be delivered by the employee to the backseat or trunk of the customer’s vehicle whenever 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 done over the phone or internet if possible, and contact should be minimized if remote payment is not available.

    -Purchased items should be delivered by an employee or thirdparty carrier and 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 done 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.

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