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Since opening 25 years ago on FM 1960, Lasagna House has fought tooth and nail to survive in the competitive restaurant industry, having faced a re, water damage from Hurricane Harvey and, most recently, the coronavirus pandemic. Lasagna House is one of thousands of restaurants that have added curbside pickup service to comply with a Harris County order mandating all bars close and restaurants oer only takeout that took eect March 17. The order was followed by Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order March 20, which was later extended through April 30 mandating the same. “Business has slowed—we are down about 70%,” Lasagna House owner Matt Vernon said. “Lasagna House has been around for a long time. Since [the original location opened in Chicago in] 1942, we have seen and weathered a bit in that amount of time— although nothing like this.” While many local businesses, such as Lasagna House, are ghting to save jobs, many others have been forced to furlough and lay o employees. Cit- ing nationwide eects of the coronavirus, an April 2 report from the U.S. Department of Labor found advance gures for seasonally adjusted initial claims in the week ending on March 28 was 6.6 million—a 100% increase over the prior week’s 3.3 million. By comparison, one year ago, about 211,000 Americans led initial claims the week ending March 30, 2019. While many local restaurants remained open for takeout as of press time April 3, multiple businesses deemed nonessential—such as salons, gyms and some retailers—had temporarily closed to comply with Harris County orders issued in late March urging certain businesses to close through April 30.

Spring and Klein residents line up outside Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co. on March 31, waiting for free, distillery- made hand sanitizer.

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Mak’s Sports Bar & Grill www.makssportsbar.com H C MiMi J’s Kitchen www.mimijskitchen.com C Nadia’s Mediterranean Grill www.nadiagrill.com H C $ Old Town Spring Tasting Room www.oldtownspringtastingroom.com C A Olivit Mediterranean Grill www.olivitgrill.com H C The Original Neal’s Restaurant www.theoriginalneals.com H C Paul’s Pizza Shop www.paulspizzashop.com H C D Pizza Zone www.pizzazone.cc H C Potatoe Patch www.facebook.com/potatoepatch H C Prohibition Texas www.prohibitiontexas.com C A Puffabelly’s Old Depot Restaurant www.puffabellys.com C RJ Goodie’s www.rjgoodies.net C $ Rockfish Seafood Grill www.rockfish.com H C $ A Saint’s www.devilishtwist.com H C $ A SouthernQ BBQ www.southernqbbqcatering.com H C Southern Yankee Beer Co. www.southernyankeebeer.com C A

Stats Sports Bar & Grill www.statssportsbarandgrill.com H C $ A Sticky Rice Lao Cafe www.facebook.com/stickyricelaocafe C Tapped DraftHouse & Kitchen www.tappedus.com C $ A Texadelphia www.texadelphia.com H C $ Thistle Draftshop www.thistledraftshop.com C A Track Shack Ice House www.facebook.com/trackshackicehouse C A Valley Ranch Grill & Barbeque www.valleyranchbbq.com C D Victor’s Restaurant www.victorsdelihouston.com H C $ Vida Mariscos www.vidamariscos.com H C A Virginia’s Cakes Cafe & Bakery www.virginiascakes.com C Vito’s Famous www.vitosfamous.com H C A Waterfalls Cafe www.facebook.com/aaron0710 H C Zamani Grill www.zamanigrill.com C 11 Below Brewing Co. www.11belowbrewing.com C $ A 242 Pub & Grill www.242pub.com H C A

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RECENTLY COMPLETED 1 Spring Cypress Road improvements Construction wrapped up three months early on Phase 1A of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality project, which upgraded Spring Cypress Road between Telge Road and Louetta Glen Drive and added four new traffic signals. Timeline: March 11, 2019-March 11, 2020 Cost: $5.5 million Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 4, Texas Department of Transportation 2 Cypresswood Drive improvements Construction wrapped up four months early on a CMAQ project to install eight traffic signals on Cypresswood Drive be- tween Hickory Twig Way and FM 1960. Timeline: Feb. 11, 2019-Feb. 26, 2020 Cost: $6.4 million Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 4, TxDOT 3 Champions Drive upgrades Construction wrapped up in early April on a project to upgrade Champions Drive to a two-lane concrete paved section with improved drainage between FM 1960 and Cypress Creek. Timeline: Sept. 24, 2018-April 5, 2020 Cost: $13.3 million

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Spring, Klein-area nonprots adapt to newnormal As the number of coronavirus cases in the Greater Houston area continues to rise, local nonprots are ghting to continue providing services to some of the unincorporated area’s most vulnerable populations. which in 2019 included 4,500 seniors who reside in low-income BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

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housing. Debbie McCabe, who serves as president of the organi- zation’s board of directors, said the demand for senior services has escalated, and Spring-Woodlands Ministries has implemented a new protocol to ensure volunteers have no interaction with clients to limit potential coronavirus exposure. “SWM volunteers approach a senior’s apartment and place the bag of groceries on the doorstep,” McCabe said. “The SWM volunteer knocks on the door, identies themselves and the organization and immediately walks away, [so the volunteer] has no interaction with the senior; however, each bag has an encouraging note for them.”

Northwest Assistance Ministries necessities to some of the area’s most vulnerable populations. 5555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston Assistance Line: 281-583-5600 24-Hour Family Violence Hotline: 281-885-4673 www.namonline.org Spring-Woodlands Ministries info@swmin.org www.springwoodlandsministries.org SOURCES: NORTHWEST ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES, SPRINGWOODLANDS MINISTRIES COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER The following are just two of several Spring- and Klein-area nonprots that provide food and other

Since the coronavirus outbreak, Brian Carr, the chief advancement ocer of Northwest Assistance Min- istries, said the nonprot has taken steps to promote social distancing at its facility, which serves 24 ZIP codes. “We converted our in-house senior lunch program to home delivery to reduce a large congregation of our most vulnerable population,” Carr said in an email March 18. Spring-Woodlands Ministries, a mobile food pantry, has likewise taken steps to protect its clients,

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equipment to members and organize small group workouts in public spaces such as parking lots or parks. Other tness centers such as IAMFamily Martial Arts and Lead-

Many Harris County residents’ daily routines were interrupted in response to statewide mandates to practice social distancing and self-quarantine measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. To accom- modate these new circumstances, Spring- and Klein-area tness centers are adapting their practices to bring normalcy and a little distraction back to everyday life. To adapt, Blast Mobile Fitness will be uploading free content to its YouTube channel and providing livestreamed and written workout routines for current members. According to co-owner Kelli Barrett, the center plans to lend tness

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ership Academy are continuing classes on Zoom, an online video conferencing service. Co-owners Paul and Hazel Resurreccion said the platform allows them to continue virtually teaching their students with a class environment feel. “We get [students] to ... [do] high-ves and virtual thumbs-up,”

Co-owner and instructor Paul Resurreccion leads a virtual martial arts lesson online, while his wife, Hazel, manages the chat room. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)

said Paul Resurreccion, who is also an instructor at the gym. “[Lessons] will be recorded after the livestream is over, and then we download them to our student app so it’s always available.” coronavirus pandemic will lead to a scenario that falls in between Hous- ton’s energy bust of the 1980s and the Great Recession of 2008-09. “I’m fairly comfortable saying that we will probably lose in this down- turn over 150,000 [jobs] but less than 400,000,” he said. Jankowski added Houston would not be getting any help from the energy industry, predicting that two years from now the industry will be smaller and leaner.

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Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership, said in a March 31 webinar with area business leaders that he believes the Greater Houston area will see more than 150,000 job losses through the end of the year

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BUSINESS FEATURE Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co. Champions-area distillery switches gears from producing whiskey to in-demand hand sanitizer C hampions-area Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co. is putting away the whiskey barrels

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keep our people working,” he said. Whitmeyer said the distillery was able to quickly make the necessary preparations for manufacturing hand sanitizer, including acquiring nec- essary equipment and materials as well as hiring 20 former bar industry employees who were recently put out of work due to the closures. On March 31, the distillery dis- tributed free 32-ounce bottles of housemade hand sanitizer to local residents at the distillery located just o FM 1960. Additionally, the dis- tillery donated 6,100 gallons of hand sanitizer to Texas Children’s Hospital on April 2. As they are not currently producing liquor, Whitmeyer said they will continue distributing free hand sanitizer Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. until further notice. “We’re just trying to do everything we can to keep our community healthy,” Whitmeyer said.

and switching to hand sanitizer in response to a communitywide demand caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “I never in a million years imagined this, but ... we’re doing nothing but batching, lling and producing [hand sanitizer],” distillery co-owner Travis Whitmeyer said. Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co. shut down following a March 19 executive order from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott closing down restaurant dining rooms, bars and other businesses. According to Whitmeyer, the decision to produce hand sanitizer allowed the distillery to continue employing their workers, while fullling a need in the community. “The idea of doing [hand] sanitizer gave us a way to keep the lights on,

Brothers Travis and Chris Whitmeyer are utilizing their distillery to manufacture hand sanitizer for the local community. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper) Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co. 16711 Hollister St., Houston 713-623-1637 www.whitmeyers.com STAYING SANITARY The World Health Organization recommends frequent hand washing with soap and water or using alcohol-

based hand sanitizer to avoid contracting the coronavirus. • Hand sanitizer is a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, glycerol, sterile distilled water and either ethanol or isopropyl alcohol. • The solution is mixed by either shaking gently or using a mixing paddle. • Immediately after mixing, the solution can be divided and bottled into its nal containers. SOURCE: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Note: The distillery tasting room is temporarily closed due to coronavirus regulations.

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As the global coronavirus pandemic continues to change on a daily basis, school districts and county and state ocials have made several decisions over the past month in hopes of mitigating the virus’s spread.

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signs a seven-day public health disaster declaration through March 18.

Gov. Greg Abbot declares a state of disaster for all Texas counties due to the coronavirus.

Klein, Spring and Cy-Fair ISDs announce school closures from March 16-20.

Hidalgo extends the countywide public health disaster declaration by one week through March 25. All Houston and Harris County bars are ordered to close, while restaurants are only permitted to oer takeout for 15 days.

The Harris County Oce of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announces the county’s rst two conrmed coronavirus cases.

Abbot waives the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year. Klein, Spring and Cy- Fair ISDs extend school closures until April 10.

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closures, the pandemic has also caused school facilities to close and learning to be moved online. Economic downturn Following a mandate ordering all Houston and Harris County bars to close and allowing restaurants to only oer takeout beginning March 17, Spring- and Klein-area restaurants have gotten creative to stay aoat. “I understand the rationale behind the decision,” said Bobby Lieb, presi- dent of the Houston Northwest Cham- ber of Commerce. “However, I do have a greater deal of concern for how this situation will impact our local econ- omy, especially our small businesses and many of our service employees

“The unique situation, which we’re presentedwith, with regard to COVID- 19, is dierent than anything any- body in the state has dealt with, with regard to the sheer magnitude of the problem,” said Ed Serna, executive director of the Texas Workforce Com- mission. “The way things are panning out, there are more and more and more people aected by [the corona- virus]. ... It’s an exponential increase. … It’s almost vertical.” The rst cases of the coronavirus were identied in Harris County on March 5 with 955 cases identied between the county and the city of Houston as of April 3. As a result, in addition to business and restaurant

who work paycheck to paycheck.” One of those local businesses is Liquid Bean Cafe, which opened in Old Town Spring in August. Owned by husband and wife Charles and Rhonda Blair, Rhonda Blair said the business has experienced a decline in sales, and, like many restaurant own- ers, she is concerned with how they will keep the doors open. “The best way the community can support us is by utilizing our takeout options or buying gift cards,” she said. “The name-brand places will be ne, but us locals have to go above and beyond to keep going.” To help ease the nancial hardship caused by the coronavirus, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a waiver to allow for the delivery of beer, wine and mixed drinks, eective March 18.

Following suit, Thistle Draftshop has likewise adapted to the “new norm” by oering its food, craft beer, wine and cider curbside. “Over the last few weeks, our busi- ness has been steady but slowing down as our customers and employ- ees are heeding the warning of social distancing,” Thistle Draftshop owner Mary Thorn said. “Our concern at this time is recovery.” Outside of the food and beverage industry, other Spring and Klein busi- nesses are serving the community remotely. For example, while TGR Exotics Wildlife Park is closed for tours and encounters, the park is now hosting a daily Facebook Live series, allowing viewers to learn more about the park animals from home. Likewise, Roll Out Yoga on Spring Cypress Road is oering free online classes via YouTube; and Main Course Cooking School, located o I-45, is oering free virtual cooking classes for children via Facebook. To make the road to economic recovery easier, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act—the federal govern- ment’s largest-ever stimulus package at $2 trillion—which was signed by President Donald Trump on March 27. “We’re encouraging all our mem- bers to talk to their towns and talk to their bankers and [Small Business Association] lenders, about applying for disaster relief loans and the pay- check protection program,” Lieb said. Learning online After extending their spring breaks, Spring, Klein and Cy-Fair ISDs began distributing curbside meals for chil- dren age 18 and younger and moved to remote learning March 23. While

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As of press time, Harris County has 449 conrmed coronavirus cases, 87 recoveries and four deaths.

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Abbott issues an executive order allowing only essential activities until April 30. Hidalgo extends the countywide stay-at-home order until April 30. SISD extends school closures until further notice, while KISD extends school closures through May 4 and CFISD extends school closures through May 1.

Congress passes the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act— the federal government’s largest-ever stimulus package at $2 trillion— which President Donald Trump signs on March 27. 160 cases

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President Donald Trump declares a major disaster in Texas due to the coronavirus.

Harris County issues mandatory stay-at-home order for March 25-April 3.

Harris County opens two drive-thru coronavirus testing sites.

Harris County’s rst coronavirus- related death is reported. The rst three recoveries in Harris County are reported.

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will be needed, Abbott issued a proc- lamation March 16 waiving the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness requirements for districts during the 2019-20 year. This means students in Spring, Klein and Cy-Fair ISDs will not be taking STAAR this year, district ocials said. “In these dicult and uncertain times, removing the pressure of STAAR testing ... is the right decision, andwe are grateful to our state leader- ship for recognizing this and respond- ing accordingly,” KISD superintendent

of seniors, parents and sta, is meet- ing via teleconference and updates will be provided in the coming weeks. In CFISD, Superintendent Mark Henry said graduations are still sched- uled as of March 31; however, district ocials are discussing alternative options and dates. ANNA LOTZ AND DANICA SMITHWICK CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT.

Jenny McGown said. KISD ocials announced March 31 that proms and graduation ceremo- nies for seniors had not been can- celed. Should the May 30 graduation at NRG Stadium be rescheduled, a vir- tual commencement will be followed by an in-person ceremony in July at Champion Forest Baptist Church. In SISD, a Class of 2020 Committee has been formed to discuss how grad- uation and prom could be adapted or postponed. The committee, made up

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KISD and CFISD facilities are closed through May 4 and May 1, respec- tively, as of press time SISD facilities are closed until further notice. In KISD, the district expanded its Wi-Fi broadcasting abilities to allow students to access the district’s wire- less internet from the immediate areas near all KISD campuses. In SISD, ocials launched a sur- vey on March 22 to assess the num- ber of students without internet or computer access. The district also began distributing Chromebooks to 12th-grade students in need April 6. “We are keeping our approach pretty simple for the moment because we don’t want to overwhelm students or teachers right now,” SISD Superin- tendent Rodney Watson said. In CFISD, the district’s transporta- tion department is delivering curricu- lum packets to students in need. While teachers are monitoring stu- dent activity, Texas Education Agency ocials will be providing guidance on grades at a later date, CFISD Chief Academic Ocer Linda Macias said. Although the state had not said as of press time whether makeup days

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