City provides more information on essential, non-essential places of work

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(Nexstar Media Group/ Staff)

LUBBOCK, Texas– The City of Lubbock provided more information, including frequently asked questions about what businesses are considered essential and non-essential during the Declaration of Disaster due to COVID-19, or coronavirus.

To do a quick recap, Mayor Dan Pope issued the declaration to go into effect at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 and continues until 11:59 p.m. April 3.

However, the declaration could change if it is canceled or extended, according to the city.

Tuesday evening, the city council affirmed the mayor’s declaration.

Furthermore, the city is not under a shelter-in-place or stay-home order.

Essential services will remain open and must enforce social distancing. Remote work-from-home is strongly encouraged by the city and social distancing is essential, according to the city.

Essential services include, but are not limited to:

  • grocery, convenience and package stores
  • pharmacy and drugs stores
  • health care providers and facilities
  • pet food and veterinary care
  • vehicle fueling, parts, repair and maintenance
  • homeless shelters and non-profit providers of essential services
  • essential government services and facilities
  • banks, financial and professional services
  • office buildings
  • transit and airport facilities and services
  • residential buildings, hotels and motels= except group meeting spaces
  • manufacturing, distributing and logistics
  • residential, commercial and industrial construction- jobs and job-sites and related supply chains within stated occupancy limits
  • laundromats and dry cleaners
  • call centers

Restaurants, bars and food courts remain closed to customers. However, use of drive-thru, pickup and delivery options are allowed and encouraged, states the city.

However, personal services businesses that engage in direct, person-to-person services that are not time-sensitive or for the immediate health or safety of the recipient are closed:

  • hair and nail salons
  • barbershops and stylist shops
  • tattoo and piercing businesses, tanning salons and waxing businesses

Retail businesses not described above are closed to customers as well, according to the city.

Commonly asked questions:

  • Churches and places of worship- open to staff and available to perform functions necessary to support online, telephone, email and other services, including production of services and related items
  • Landscape services and landscape suppply- open, subject to social distancing and occupancy limits are appropriate
  • Construction trades- open, subject to social distancing and no gatherings greater than 10
  • Recovery support groups- open, subject to social distancing and no gatherings greater than 10
  • Janitorial services- open, subject to social distancing and no gatherings greater than 10
  • Outdoor entertainment and recreation- open, subject social distancing and no gatherings greater than 10
  • Golf courses- club house, restaurant and related closed. Course can remain open
  • Computer support services- open to provide support services, retail is closed to customers and available through pickup, delivery, curb-side, etc.
  • Auto sales- closed to retail. Available online and related transactions with pickup. Services, parts and related open.

For more questions, contact the city business development department at

(All information provided by the City of Lubbock)

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