Gov. Abbott keeps bars closed, Mayor pushes back “Here in Midland, we’re open for business”


MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24)- On Thursday, Governor Abbott announced many businesses can increase occupancy to 75%, however, bars cannot open their doors.

Midland Mayor Patrick Payton pushes back in a scheduled news conference at Tall City Brewery Thursday.

Here in Midland, we’re open for business, but let me be very clear about something there are certain businesses that still have restrictions, so I wanna tell every business owner, I’ve got your back. but I can’t trump the authority of the state. You’re gonna have to take your own risks, but I’ll stand behind you and support you. Business leaders will stand behind you and support you. We’ve gotta be open for business. And by the way, anybody that thinks that being 75% open, isn’t gonna be 100% open, is really kind of being naive about this whole thing.

Midland Mayor Patrick Payton

This isn’t the first time Mayor Payton has called for more authority on the local level.

Mayor Payton handed a copy of his plan to reopen West Texas to local media. He said he also sent the plan to the Governor’s office back in April.

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