I am a native Texan. During a storm, there is no place I would rather be than surrounded by Texans. Atascosa Countians are of particularly good and strong stock. We have done ourselves proud here by quickly assimilating locally to this freaky global pandemic.
Everyday there is a new “new.”
Social distancing of at least six feet has become a mandate. School is cancelled. Restaurants, bars, and gyms are closed. There are no public or private gatherings of more than 10 people.
Within less than a week of school being cancelled, home tele-teaching and distance learning were in place for thousands. School feeding programs popped up around the county for breakfast and lunch and weekend meals feeding thousands of children under the age of 18. Within hours of restaurants being mandated to be closed, our local food establishments turned from dine-in to curbside, take-out and delivery. The majority of churches quickly switched to offering live stream services.
Is it easy? No. But, it is getting done.
Local small businesses though stand in wait. We are literally shaking in our Texas size boots. We have no idea how this is going to play out for us and our team of co-workers. Gov. Abbott is strongly advising all Texans to stay home or be at risk of contracting COVID-19. The majority of businesses cannot come to a full halt because if they do, many will not survive. Some have the ability to get creative and are selling products online and via Facebook. Others like car dealerships, do not have that luxury but remain open while following the practices of social distancing and increased sanitizing.
Please still support your local businesses while using common sense. You are allowed to use their services when you are in need of them. Your local car dealerships will still be selling cars. They will still have mechanics that can fix your car. The grocery stores and convenience stores are open for food and gas. Pharmacies are open as are your banks. Watch your favorite local retail stores for the many ways they are offering you the safest shopping experience to keep their doors open and employees paid.
The Pleasanton Express has put together a free service to 30 local restaurants that are offering delivery, drive-through or curbside. It starts on page 1A and continues on page 8A. We are also sharing this information on our website at www.pleasantonexpress. com and on our social media. We will promote local businesses via social media that have supported us now or through the years. We are worried for you and want to help you. If you can advertise with us now, please do. We need you. We too are a small business and need your support.
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Since 1909, the Pleasanton Express has brought you your hometown news. What a privilege and an honor to continue to do so especially during times such as these.
NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher/Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at email@example.com.