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2 'non-essential' businesses stay open, customers allowed in by appointment

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

At least two small businesses the city categorizes as 'non-essential' plan to stay open for indoor shopping.

The businesses posted on Facebook they'll let you in with an appointment and observe all social distancing guidelines.

Outdoorsman and Stems by Benny Jackson both wrote that an attorney told them they can unlock the doors and let customers in to shop. In similar posts, both businesses state they have to know you're coming. Store owners say they will limit the number of people inside and keep everyone at least six feet apart. The posts suggest it's the best way they can protect safety, but still make a living. Both businesses emphasize they do not want to be dependent on the government. 

The Fire Marshal's Office inspected Outdoorsman Thursday. City records show an employee told inspectors a supervisor said he could allow up to five customers in the building starting Thursday. The inspector told the employee only curb-side service is allowed.

The inspector noted the employee said he would comply and the record was marked as 'violation corrected'.

The Fire Marshal's Office has only given citations twice since Mayor Pope initiated his order closing non-essential businesses. It has performed more than 1,000 inspections since March 22. 

Below is the mentioned Facebook message to customers posted by Stems by Benny Jackson:

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