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Governor Abbott's order limits bars to delivery and take-out only

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

As the positivity rate for COVID-19 in Texas increased above 10 percent, Governor Abbott took executive action in attempts to contain the spread.

His order required bars and similar establishments to close at noon today, limiting them to delivery and take-out. 

Nick Muscari, owner of Nick's Sports Grill and Lounge said he was shocked to wake up to Governor Abbott's order.

"It's not right that they're singling out bars to close or do take-out when it's no different then a grocery store doing take-out," Muscari said.

Nick's offered to-go services during the first closure, but Muscari said it ultimately wasn't worth it and his bar will not offer it going forward.

"It's a lot of work for very little," Muscari said. "We're a sports bar with no sports and if you can't come in it just doesn't work."

With money from the Payroll Protection Program gone and the uncertainty of when the bar will be allowed to reopen, Muscari made an effort to help his employees.

"Any food sales today, anything that's bought, all the proceeds will go to our staff to give them a little extra money for now," Muscari said. "We're trying to figure out what we're going to do going forward, it's still a little bit new so we don't have an idea of what's going to happen."

Two Docs Brewing Co. is also dealing with the unknowns. Co-owner and general manager, Eric Washington said the bar began transitioning back to a to-go only model today.

"We've seen a huge increase in our to-go sales, that's something we've been really excited about," Washington said. "So we will continue doing curbside pickup and to-go orders here inside."

So far, Two Docs has not had to let any employees go. 

"We're going to try our very best to keep as many staff on as we can," Washington said. "There definitely is going to be a decrease in hours, there's just not a requirement for a lot of staff on hand to do to-go orders."

Washington said shopping small and local is vital to keeping businesses going, especially now.

"This is really difficult for us all to get through this," Washington said. "If we could just do everything we can to come together and continue to support our community the way Lubbock has been doing so far, that's really appreciated and it's going to go a long way to keeping all of our favorite businesses in business after this is over with."

Regarding the order, Governor Abbott said, "we want this to be as limited in duration as possible, however, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part."

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