Sherman bar expects struggle ahead amid Gov. Abbott’s new order

Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 5:22 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - In a new order Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is scaling back on opening the state and tightening restrictions.

That includes reducing restaurants back to 50 percent capacity and closing bars.

“To just rip that out from underneath us overnight has been pretty rough and frustrating,” said The ‘Vous co-owner Jake Knight.

Knight said he heard about Governor Abbott’s new restrictions on the way to work.

“No notice, didn’t give us a weekend to try to salvage some money because you know we have beer orders coming in, liquor orders coming in, food orders coming in that have to be paid for,” Knight said.

This week, the positivity rate in Texas rose to nearly 12 percent, the state reported a daily record high Thursday of close to 6,000.

That’s why Abbott said he had to close all bars and cap restaurant capacity at 50 percent. Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments.

As of now, weekly summer concerts in Sherman and Denison are still on, approved by both mayors.

Knight said they were just getting back on their feet from closing for the first time.

“We’d just got everybody back and we actually hired some new employees because we had been getting great responses with our food, we were finally able to open for lunch and everything like that,” he said.

He said they had to let their employees go again.

They’re still able to serve food to-go, so he and his co-owner will work double time like before to support their families.

“So it was a pretty emotional time to go through that and you know, hate to see us having to go through that again,” Knight said.

Knight says it will take hard work, sacrifice and dependence on the community to keep his business alive.

“No pity party here. We’re going to fight through it. But still, it’s not fun,” he said.

Some of Governor Abbott’s order doesn’t apply to all of our Texas counties. He specifies that businesses in counties with minimum cases can expand to 75 percent, which includes Cooke County.

That does not include bars.

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