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Occupancy limits on reopening stores vary from small to big businesses

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

During the work session of Lubbock City Council Tuesday, city council members noted the state's maintaining a difference between small shops and big business.

Since many big box retailers are considered essential services, they're not restricted by the mandates on occupancy the governor's imposing Friday.

The Open Texas plan does refer to federal guidance on social distancing, but does not impose any further limits on them.

Since the City of Lubbock can't restrict those businesses it's included them in its Lubbock Safe program, but without the ability to enforce occupancy limits. It'll be up to those store to regulate themselves.

"We will very much enforce the social distancing piece. If they're not taking care of the inside of their stores, the store manager runs the risk of being cited for that. Can't let the progress we've made on this be blown away by five or six big stores in this community. We think they'll be good citizens and we certainly hope they will be," Mayor Pope said.

Mayor Pope said the city's holding a conference with some of those retailers Wednesday. City council is expected to revisit its recommendations for the Lubbock Safe program May 12, nearly a week before the governor's target launch date for phase two of reopening the economy. 


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