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LERT launches 'Lubbock Safe' program, businesses to self-certify

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The City of Lubbock is offering a voluntary certification for higher safety standards when businesses reopen. It's called the Lubbock Safe program.

Participating businesses will self-certify they're following more strict guidelines than the state's offered.

The Lubbock Economic Recovery Taskforce has developed these over the past few weeks.

There are different rules for restaurants, retails stores, malls, outdoor event areas and other types of operations.

City leaders note Governors Abbott took the teeth out of this program with Monday's announcement. His 'Open Texas' plan prohibits local governments from imposing different standards. The 'Lubbock Safe' initiative is strictly voluntary.

"The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance to us all. And while taking steps to slow and prevent the spread of the virus, we also know that our towns economic well-being matters. It's vital to make sure that our families can put food on the table," City Councilman and co-chair of the task force Steve Massengale said.

City Councilwoman Latrelle Joy, who's also on the recovery task force, says without the ability to mandate, it falls to citizens and entrepreneurs to protect each other. 

"We cannot do this by ourselves. The council can't do it, the county can't do it, law enforcement can't do it. It really boils down to the citizens of Lubbock buying in and saying 'hey, this is what we can do and we're going to do it'," she said.

The sign up process is all online.

City Manage Jarrett Atkinson says a staff of 20 workers will accept submissions, deliver signage and eventually provide inspections to maintain compliance.

It's set to go into effect Friday morning, when Governor Abbott's phase one plan goes into effect.

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