On Friday, April 17, 2020, the plan to start reopening Texas by Governor Greg Abbott was revealed. Abbott explained his plan would happen in a variety of stages to make sure things didn't get rushed too quickly and cause negative results. However, some business owners and restauranteurs are eager to get Texas restaurants back open as soon as possible to save their businesses.
Bill Miller's owner Balous Miller has been appointed to Abbott's new Strike Force to Open Texas. This Strike Force will serve to get the state back up and running in a safe and strategic manner.
Miller is one of the millions of people directly affected by the shelter in place order since he and his employees can't work like they normally would.
He claimed that the Lone Star State needs to get "employees back to work and get people back, coming into our restaurants if we're going to survive" in an interview with KENS5.
Miller is proposing a "soft reopening" for eateries across the state within 2 weeks. He believes with proper safety measures and strict rules on social distancing, the endeavor will be safe and help local businesses get back on their feet.
Some of his ideas on making sure open dining rooms stay hygienic and safe include businesses requiring their employees to use gloves and masks at all times, posting informational signage, asking guests to not enter if they're showing signs of a cough or fever, and disinfecting seating areas between each customer.
He also thinks it would be beneficial to require a six-foot space between each dining table and to limit the number of people who can dine at each one.
San Antonio restaurant owner leading the way to get Texas restaurants back open for business. We're gonna get this… https://t.co/pFyNSGDNSQ— Greg Abbott (@Greg Abbott)1587439685.0
The San Antonian business owner didn't create this plan all on his own; he got feedback from the Texas Restaurant Association.
Miller still has to pitch his proposal to Governor Greg Abbott, and he plans to do so on Friday, April 24, 2020.
As seen from Abbott's tweet above, he already seems eager to get restaurants back open.
Miller hopes to get some establishments across the state to start opening back up by Monday, May 4, less than 2 weeks from now.
Texans will have to wait and see what happens with this plan and if it gets approved by Abbott.