SFA has recently partnered with the city of Nacogdoches to help work with local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. In an email sent out on Aug. 31, SFA President Dr. Scott Gordon announced that the school was partnering with Nacogdoches to work with local businesses to help students stay safe. The guidelines in response to the coronavirus were further down the email that listed:

●     Retailers and Other Businesses: May operate at 50% capacity.

●     Restaurants: May operate at 50% capacity. No more than 10 people may be seated at a table.

●     Bars: Must remain closed.

●     Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcasting, & Skating Rinks: May operate at 50% capacity while following six feet social distancing.

“We want to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep you, our university and the local economy thriving”, Gordon writes in his email. Gordon, along with other prominent figures in Nacogdoches such as Mayor Shelley Brophy had signed the email.

Bosslight is one of many small businesses located in downtown Nacogdoches. Owner, Tim Bryant has worked to incorporate new guidelines to ensure his business remains open including mail order and curbside pick-up.

“We played by the rules,” Bryant said. “We’re following CDC rules, city regulations, state regulations and changing as we need to as it goes along.”

The store requires shoppers to have a face mask and properly social distance while browsing their shelves. There has been little if any push back against their new requirements for patrons.

Bryant, an SFA graduate himself, encourages students to come by and check out the store. Special orders and discounts are available for SFA students as well.

Students are welcome to shop and support local business, if they are adhering to COVID-19 procedures. Bryant and many other small businesses rely on the community’s patronage.

“The main thing people can do to help is come in and shop,” Bryant said. “We’re here.”

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