Lytle businesses back to work



888 Classics barber Raymond Galvan opened up shop with COVID-19 safety precautions on May 8. Galvan and his fellow barbers had a full day of cutting hair in Lytle. GABRIEL ROMERO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

888 Classics barber Raymond Galvan opened up shop with COVID-19 safety precautions on May 8. Galvan and his fellow barbers had a full day of cutting hair in Lytle. GABRIEL ROMERO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The COVID-19 restrictions in Texas reached Lytle, but with restrictions loosening up, businesses are ready to get back to work.

888 Classics Barbershop reopened its doors on May 8 after Gov. Greg Abbott gave businesses the green light to reopen.

“When we heard we could open up, we knew it was time to get back to work,” said barber Raymond Galvan. “I booked as many people as I could.”

Galvan said bookings for haircuts filled up fast.

He said they had to turn away more people than they already cut, which was near 30.

“We had to turn them away because we have to keep our space and follow the orders,” Galvan said.

Galvan said he wasn’t cutting hair during the closure, but he still had to make money for his growing family.

“I do some leather work. I have a baby on the way, so it feels good to be back,” Galvan said.

Every barber was spaced out from each other and they each were cutting hair.

“People have been wanting us and been missing us,” Galvan said. “We were excited to reopen.”

Customers were wearing masks while in the barber chair. They had to fill out a waiver form and check temperatures.

“It is a little different, but it is nothing that we can’t handle,” Galvan said. “We are ready for all this to be over.”

True Value Hardware Assistant Manager Liza Molla said it was great being open and business did not slow down during the pandemic restrictions.

“We had more people show up because a lot of people are doing a lot of home projects during the pandemic,” Molla said.

True Value offered curbside pick up for the customers that called ahead of time.

“They called, we picked it, they paid over the phone and we took it to their car,” Molla said.

Molla said the staff marked off social distancing locations and cleaned in the store.

“We have always done that,” Molla said.

Hacienda Jalisciense in Lytle shut down its dining area and have been doing drive-thru and take out.

“We want to wait for the governor to allow 50% of people inside the restaurant. There are just so many regulations for the 25% right now,” said worker Ana Ayala.

Ayala said since other businesses have opened their dining areas they have seen a decrease in customers.

“We were doing well at first when everyone was just drive-thru only, but as the restaurants started opening people wanted to sit down and eat,” Ayala said.

She said the staff has been wearing masks and sanitizing everything.

“We haven’t had any contact with people other than the drive-thru, but we are ready,” Ayala said.

On Monday, Gov. Abbott announced Texas will be moving into Phase II of reopening Texas. On Friday, all restaurants can open at 50 percent capacity. Bars and wineries can open at 25% capacity.

Please see full story on Phase II opening on 1A.

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