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COVID-19 continues to impact businesses in Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -
After almost 10 years of serving the Lubbock community, Nick's Sports Grill and Lounge announced it's closing on Saturday.
 
Owner, Nick Muscari said the second shutdown was the final straw.
 
"The first time they closed us down, we had some sort of timeline and some goals to look forward to and that gave us some hope," Muscari said. "But right now, it's closed down and everything's on pause and there isn't any guidelines."
 
Muscari said he's felt a range of emotions saying goodbye.
 
"The hardest part is saying goodbye to all of our loyal customers and all our employees, they've stuck with us in thick and thin and it's really difficult," Muscari said.
 
Along with the sadness and appreciation for his community's support, Muscari is also frustrated with the situation.
 
"The shutdowns really scared a lot of people off and I get that, it's understandable but when you are forcing people to make that decision, i don't think that's right," Muscari said. "If you want to shut something down, you should shut everybody down."
 
Muscari said his business followed all the CDC guidelines and did everything it could to make it work.
 
"The restaurant business is tough no matter what, always has been, always will be," Muscari said. "But when you cut down your capacity, cut down what you can sell and how much you can sell, it just makes it even more difficult."
 
Muscari is still figuring out what's next for him and his staff.
 
"I think they'll be okay and I'm trying to help them find some places to work," he said. "You never know, maybe someday we'll open something else back up."
 
With other states also reverting back to business closures, some wonder if gyms are next. 
 
Wellness Director at Zach's Club West, Brandan Fokken shared his thoughts on the concern.
 
"At this point, I can honestly say that we wouldn't close and a lot of businesses feel that way, enough is enough," Fokken said. "We're all about taking care of people and everything like that, but to continue to close down people's businesses and deem what is essential and not is just something we're not willing to stand for again."
 
Fokken said Zach's Club West has actually seen nearly 200 new sign ups since they reopened. They've managed to maintain a safe and healthy environment.
 
"We all want to be strong and sufficient on our own and to see other people that cannot do that and they have to look for handouts or they have to close what they've worked so hard to build and own, it's sad," Fokken added.
 
Louie Louie's Piano Bar, Texas Taco Company and Cattle Baron have also closed their doors for good due to the uncertain times.
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