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Texas Governor orders bars to close again, local musicians and venues affected

Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 10:47 PM CDT
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POTTSBORO, Tex. (KXII) - A new order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott put into place today closes all businesses that primarily sell alcohol. Some of those affected by this second round of shut downs; local musicians and the venues they perform in.

“I had to call 15 employees today and tell them not to come in,” said Jennifer Taylor, owner of BAY at the Lake in Pottsboro.

They began selling food to-go right before the outbreak, and just opened up the music venue side of her business three weeks ago.

“When we moved into this building, it was about the space for us for all of our wedding business, the large kitchen. And then this was absolute bonus for us to have a music venue and a great place for people to come,” said Taylor.

New music venue, BAY at the Lake, in Pottsboro will have to postpone performances because of...
New music venue, BAY at the Lake, in Pottsboro will have to postpone performances because of the Governor's order.(KXII)

Now they are preparing to close their doors again, and switch to all to-go again.

“The thing that is so hard to stomach is we, our sales for this side of the business, only 30% is alcohol,” said Taylor.

But because of their “private club” TABC license, they are automatically in the category of a 51% and above business. The kind that has to close.

“The thing that people need to understand is that this is affecting so many more people than me and my husband. This is affecting right now 32 employees. This is affecting right now as of today I’ve called and cancelled 9 musicians,” said Taylor.

“There’s a lot of places that I’ve already they’re gonna be cancelled that I had scheduled coming up,' said local musician, Jason Kyle.

“It’s rough because we just got to where we started rescheduling everything,” said Kyle.

He says he’s lucky he doesn’t have to rely on playing for an income, but knows many musicians that are going to struggle again without venues to perform in.

“I’ve got a lot of friends that are out jobs and work and a lot of the venues around here. Some of these people aren’t gonna recover from being shut down again and that’s what’s really hard to see is some of the places that I’ve played and places that have supported me and I can’t do anything to support them now,” said Kyle.

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