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Businesses close for voluntary 'Level 3' cleaning

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The Lantern closed on Wednesday for deep cleaning The Lantern closed on Wednesday for deep cleaning
LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Carpet Tech cleaning crew left no surface untouched at The Lantern Tavern on Wednesday. The business is one of many to close voluntarily for a deep "Level 3" cleaning, required by the health department after a COVID-19 exposure.

"So we use an EPA-approved chemical. What that means is that the government has approved this chemical to be used against the coronavirus and other viruses that might be looming inside the facility," Director of Pest Control Operations, Michael Askew, said.

The Lantern owner Shane Blum says the decision to close again, so soon after a 2 month shutdown, was a difficult one.

"When you're closed, you still have bills, you still have rent, you still have utilities, you still have everything. So that's hard when you have no money's coming in and money's going out," Blum said. 

One cleaning appointment can cost between $500 and $5000, depending on a variety of factors. 

"It's a big expense, but we just want to make sure that our staff and our customers are safe, and they're confident that they can come back," Blum said.

Peak Movement gym owner Rustin Klafka adopted professional cleaning appointments as routine once his business re-opened. 

"With athletes traveling and going to tournaments now, and everything kicking back up, in terms of summer ball, A-U sotfball, baseball, all that good stuff, we decided they would be a great addition to our protocols, in terms of being proactive against COVID right now," Klafka said. 

"We're going to the molecular level. So we're going after the bacteria and the viruses themselves not just dirt or grime or anything like that," Askew said. 

In addition to the professional cleaning, all employees at The Lantern Tavern are being tested for COVID-19

The business will not re-open until all the tests come back negative.

"Why get deep cleaned and disinfected, and then have your staff and other people come in, who might have virus?" Blum said. 

The cleaning crew is now scheduled to come back to The Lantern, on a regular basis. 
"Our customers realize that we're really do this for them. We're doing it for our staff too, but we want our customers to feel confident," Blum said. 

The cleanings will most likely continue until the pandemic has passed. 

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