Businesses can now self-certify in 'Lubbock Safe!' - FOX34 Lubbock

Businesses can now self-certify in 'Lubbock Safe!'

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Since Governor Abbott's latest executive order, which outlines the steps to safely re-open the Texas economy, specifies that local governments may not enact separate restrictions, there is now a voluntary program for Lubbock businesses.

Lubbock Safe! allows businesses to self-certify they are going beyond minimum state standards to safely reopen. And consumers will be able to check this online listing of certified businesses. 

During a webinar presentation to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, Lubbock Economic Task Force co-chair Steve Massengale said the local group wanted to include some businesses in the first phase to re-open. But the governor's order took the teeth out of any local task force's recommendations, leading to these voluntary overviews. 

“We’re disappointed that we were not able to include personal care businesses [hair salons, barber shops, nail salons] and, for example gyms," Massengale said. He added several local operators of these businesses provided guidance they would be able to safely operate. For now, you will not be able to get a haircut at a barber shop or salon across Texas.

Massengale said restaurants and bars usually have maximum occupancy posted, but it is not common knowledge for every business. The city website will provide resources for local businesses to navigate through these kinds of specifics. 

Click here - for more information on Lubbock Safe! and for links to begin the certification process. 

Click here - for the Lubbock Economic Recovery Task Force guidelines.

Click here - for our updated listing of businesses open, which includes how to add your business.

Watch the Wednesday webinar in the Facebook video below:

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