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Fire Marshal's Office not looking to write citations to businesses

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It's been a week since Texas's stay at home order expired. Restaurants, malls and movie theaters opened with new restrictions. 

"Our inspectors are going out and touching base with the businesses," Assistant Fire Marshal Michael Jones said. "They're making sure that they understand how the Governor's orders applies to their business."

Jones said the approach is an educational one. Trying to make sure businesses understand the regulations. 

"To be perfectly honest, we're doing everything we can to not give out citations," Jones said. "If we have to give somebody a couple of chances to get something corrected then that's what we will do."

Jones says for the most part, businesses in Lubbock have been doing a good job. They haven't had to give out any citations to restaurants. 

"We'll be surprised and go into some businesses and see some cool techniques they will come up with. Some are doing curbside service or something they haven't done before," Jones said.

The only time they will give out a citation is if a place really toes the line. 

"Sometimes they'll tell us straight up that they're not going to comply. If that's the case then we're really left with no other choice," Jones said.

Since the first day they reopened, Jones said the complaint calls have dropped substantially. 

"There's a number of those that come in and then we go and there's just no violation. Maybe they were violating at one point but we actually have to see that they aren't in violation," Jones said.

Fire Marshal investigators follow up on each call. If you suspect there's a business that isn't complying, you can call the non-emergency line (806-775-2865). 

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