Texas' ban on dining affecting local businesses

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Now prohibited in the state of Texas, social gatherings of more than ten people, bars, restaurants, and one more that hits close to home for a lot of Texoma small business.

"Simply put, there will be no dining in," said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

"It's really a lot to put your head around," said Nancy Gentry, owner of CJ's Coffee in Sherman and Denison.

She said the writing has been on the walls, and her employees could see this coming.

"They felt the atmosphere for the last week or so as we've been making changes and cutting hours already. We've already seen our business drop by one third," said Gentry.

Gentry says 31 out of the 35 employees combined at the two coffee shops won't be at work. and without pay until April 3rd, and will only operate the drive-thru and have a delivery service.

"(At) the end of the day, our desire is to keep everyone healthy. Money is just money, I always say. But we want to come out of this without losing our family members. We want to come out of this and not lose people in our community who have grown to be like family," said Gentry.

Gentry wants employees on this break from work to know, they will still have their jobs when they come back and thank their customers for supporting this local business.

"Even though our businesses went down a third, my employees' tips have not went down at all. That speaks volumes to the people that live here, and we just want to say thank you for that," said Gentry.