Too Soon To Open Texas? Mark Cuban Shares His Thoughts On Reopening Businesses In Coronavirus Era

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May 01, 2020 - 9:17 am
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As a member of President Trump's COVID-19 economic advisory council, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a lot of ideas to help the nation become what he calls "America 2.0" in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuban, a member of the Great American Economic Revival Industry group, the economic council working with President Trump's administration to reopen the country, shared his thoughts about business reopening in Texas starting today, May 1st. 

Cuban has said he believed that the state of Texas is reopening too early. 

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"I don't think small businesses have the guidelines that are needed in order to do this right, I don't think consideration has been given to the choices that employees have to make, and customer safety" said Cuban. "What has worked for the country so far, is pick-up and delivery for restaurants, ordering online through retailers has worked, I think it's a great idea from the Governor (Texas Gov. Greg Abbott) to extend pick up and delivery to any and all business."

Cuban also thinks that opening restaurants and keeping them at a capacity of 25% of normal occupancy rate will not work for many businesses. 

"You would have to make some really hard choices, like how many employees are you going to bring back?" said Cuban. "And if you bring back your employees and you're not sure how much demand you are going to have and then wether or not you can keep them - you've not put your employees in a 'Catch 22' position with many on unemployment and getting paid more, in some cases, than they would working." 

Cuban cites that employee transportation, safety and health are part of the equation in reopening and being able stay open once everything is back in place. 

"There really haven't been guidelines in place in order to keep people safe" said Cuban.