TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Goodwill of East Texas is reopening 15 retail locations on Friday after nearly four weeks of being closed.
The company closed all locations on April 4 but will reopen on May 1 after Gov. Abbott’s announcement to open the Texas economy in phases including retailers at 25%.
To protect the community and staff, Goodwill will include the following restrictions:
- All staff will wear personal protective equipment (masks, gloves and face shields)
- All staff will be screened for COVID19 symptoms prior to beginning their workday
- Stores will operate with shorter hours from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday- Saturday and 1 -6 p.m. on Sundays
- Goodwill Greeter: A Goodwill Greeter will welcome customers to the store, providing instruction on new shopping standards. The greeter will also monitor at the door to ensure that we do not exceed occupancy levels per Gov. Abbott’s orders
- Customer Masks: Customers will be required to wear masks while shopping at Goodwill. For the protection of customers and staff, all customers entering the store will be required to wear a mask. No mask, no shopping
- Dressing Rooms: Dressing rooms will remain closed to prevent multiple individuals using the same enclosed space throughout the day
- Return Policy: Textile returns will be permitted for 14-days (due to lack of dressing rooms at the store). All other category returns will be eliminated
- Social Distance Marking at Checkout: Stores have marked lines to create social distancing awareness at checkout stations
- Donations will be accepted during store hours using a car to cart method to reduce physical interaction
“We will continue to follow the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Governor Greg Abbott, and local authorities to keep our loyal donors, shoppers and staff informed and safe,” said Kimberly B. Lewis, President & CEO of Goodwill.
“We are cleaning and sanitizing all areas and stocking the sales floor with great Goodwill finds, and we look forward to welcoming our loyal shoppers back,” she said.