Dear TADA Member –

In the spirit of “Putting First Things First”, “sales” were added to the list deemed as essential businesses by the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  Here is the language:

Workers critical to the manufacturing, distribution, sales, rental, leasing, repair, and maintenance of vehicles and other transportation equipment (including electric vehicle charging stations) and the supply chains that enable these operations to facilitate continuity of travel-related operations for essential workers.

For a full listing of businesses: https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Version_3.0_CISA_Guidance_on_Essential_Critical_Infrastructure_Workers_1.pdf

Governor Abbott has used the CISA standards as the basis for determining essential businesses in Texas.  Separately, Governor Abbott issued three new Executive Orders aimed at beginning the process of reopening the state of Texas in conjunction with the plan formulated by President Trump.  The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued guidance to businesses for providing a safe environment to address COVID-19 concerns.   This guidance utilizes the CDC Guidelines for a safe environment.  (Read DSHS Guidance Here)

Highlights of the three Executive Orders:

Executive Order 15 loosens certain restrictions on surgeries and other health procedures provided that it would not deplete hospital capacity of personal protective equipment needed for the COVID-19 disaster. (Read Here)

Executive Order 16 builds on the definition of “essential services” listed by CISA to which dealer sales have been added.  Also, starting on April 24th, retail services not deemed essential can provide their services through pickup or delivery, better known as “retail-to-go”, in strict compliance with Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requirements.    Public and Private schools and schools of higher education are to remain closed the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and teaching is to be done remotely. (Read Here)

Executive Order 17 creates The Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas to advise the governor on safely and strategically restarting and revitalizing all aspects of the Lone Star State—work, school, entertainment, and culture. (Read Here)

TADA is eager to work with Governor Abbott in Opening Texas.  I know that dealers have been working diligently in their local communities with their employees to provide a safe environment for their customers and employees.  I commend you for this and for helping the state meet its transportation needs and ask that you continue the diligent work in providing these essential services .

Please don’t hesitate to call me with any questions or comments.

Darren