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Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market still open to the public with precautions in place

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock's farmers market provided vendors and citizens a safe environment to support local businesses, and this year is no different.

Due to a recent spike in cases, the city of Lubbock and the rest of Texas banned gatherings of more than 100 people. But the decree does allow for exceptions. 

Mayors can approve specific gatherings as long as they follow CDC guidelines. Larry Simmons, manager of Lubbock's downtown farmers market, said the event has several precautions in place.

 

"We posted sanitation stations. We have signage out. We encourage things," Simmons said. "All of our vendors are 100 percent masked up today; our entire vendor count is, and in order for following these directions we are allowed to have the market."

City leaders strongly recommend people wear masks in public, which is something one vendor urges citizens to do. Nancy Hubbard, owner of High Plains Garden, and her husband are original members of the market, but they are both considered high risk. Hubbard said she thinks she is in good health but does not think the same about her husband.

"My biggest concern is for my husband, because he has some health conditions that put him at a little more at risk. But as long as we are wearing our masks and following the recommendations, I think we will be fine," Hubbard said.

Despite the risks, Simmons said he is grateful the city allowed the market to continue to operate and said the farmers market is important for the community.

"You are actually supporting the guy who grew your food. The woman that grew your flowers and things like that, and I think that is one of the reasons why they do allow us to continue to do it. It's not just an event for an event's sake. It's an event with a purpose and an area with a purpose. so were pretty pleased with that," Simmons said.

The farmers market will continue to be open every Saturday through October. 

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