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COVID19: Business take precautions to keep doors open

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

"The restaurant industry is willing to do whatever it takes to keep our patrons safe. What we cannot do, is close our doors. that will devastate the industry, and devastate the income of our employees," co-owner of Caprock Cafe and Orlando's David Cea said at an emergency city council meeting today.

Despite the looming pandemic, not everyone can work from home.  At restaurants, retail and barber shops it is still business as usual, now with some extra precautions.

"I have to be here because my bills have to be paid," owner of Groomin' Lounge Ibn Gardner said.

Gardner explained, he continues to practice standard good hygiene as required by state law for barbershops, and maybe a little bit more.

"Not everyone is required to wear gloves, I just do it as one of my precautions. I use hand sanitizer," he explained. "We use Barbicide to clean combs and utensils and stuff like that." 

While he is not changing much, customers are now greeted to wipes, masks, and Purell at the front door. 


Pets Plus on University has made some changes to its policies. 

"We decided a lot of the draw to our store is people like to come and pet the puppies. At this time it just doesn't make sense for us to continue to do that," owner Richard Evans explained. "Temporarily we're going to suspend's just we don't want huge crowds of people coming in." 

To further accommodate customers, the store is also encouraging people to use the drive through window, to avoid coming into contact with more people.

Restaurants have been following guidelines from the Texas Restaurant Association.

"So what we've done here in the restaurant in River Smith's is we've removed about a third of our tables, greatering the distance between our tables and kind of helping with that social distancing, Lubbock Restaurant Association Chapter President Chris Berry. "We've also been sanitizing door knobs and push bars and all kinds of things."

City manager Jarrett Atkinson says more businesses should be taking precautions like these. 

"We appreciate that. It's going to work. It is going to help. And we look forward to others joining them," Atkinson said Monday afternoon.

At the moment, the city has not announced plans to close down businesses but continues to push for individuals to follow "social distancing" guidelines.

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