Central Austin Edition - May 2020

CENTRAL AUSTIN EDITION

VOLUME 12, ISSUE 7  MAY 28JUNE 25, 2020

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Since early May, people throughout Central Austin have been returning to restaurant patios and public spaces as state restrictions continue to be lifted in phases.

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Central Austin business owners face hard choices, balancing reopening and safety BY JACK FLAGLER AND CHRISTOPHER NEELY

Abbott said during his news conference from the Cap- itol on April 27. In Austin, that turned the onus to small-business owners to formulate a plan to reopen. Chris Cunningham and Ali White, the husband- and-wife team that owns north Central Austin bagel shop Nervous Charlie’s, were watching the gover- nor’s announcement allowing restaurants to reopen

on TV, and Cunningham said immediately questions started running through his head. How will the dining room be rearranged? Where will the line go once people have to stand 6 feet apart? How many people will be let in the restaurant? And most importantly, how is safety for employees and customers maintained?

When Gov. Greg Abbott announced that Texas businesses, including restaurants, movie theaters, malls, barbershops and gyms, could reopen their doors to the public, he emphasized that the state was not mandating anything, but rather allowing busi- ness owners to make their own choices. “This is permission to open, not a requirement,”

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