Local businesses make changes to protect customers, employees during COVID-19 outbreak

March 31, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) - Businesses that are considered essential are finding ways to protect their employees and customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

“There’s nothing that could create panic faster than not having fuel available,” said OnCue President Laura Aufleger. 

Last week, gas stations like OnCue were named critical infrastructure and corporate leaders are taking steps to keep their customers and employees safe.

“Most stores have one person on every shift whose sole job is just to continually clean and sanitize. Gas pumps, every surface possible,” Aufleger said. “That has been a top priority for us, really increasing the cleaning.”

OnCues have removed the self-serve hot foods and drink refills for the time being, but shoppers can take advantage of the drive-thrus, and delivery options are now available at many locations.

They’ve also marked six-foot spaces between people waiting in line, and plexiglass shields are going into stores all over the state.

“Trying to do our part to keep everyone safe and to also stay open and operational so that we can be there to support our healthcare workers as they have to be able to get to work, and our first-responders, and truck delivery drivers who have to get medicine to pharmacies and food to grocery stores,” Aufleger said.