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(Photo Gallery) San Marcans return to businesses following executive order

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A sign reminding customers to stay safe sits next to a bottle of hand sanitizer, Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the entryway of CRAFThouse Kitchen & Tap.

Gov. Greg Abbott’s May 1 executive order allowing restaurant dining areas, retail stores and movie theaters to re-open at 25% capacity brought some San Marcos residents out of quarantine and back to some of their favorite locations around town.
Even with the executive order in place, some businesses opted to remain closed. San Marcans eager to return to some type of normalcy filled the tables of open businesses, while other people remained home practicing social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Juliet Mathiason (left) and Noah Schwartz sit near an open window, Sunday, May 3, 2020, at Vodka Street Global Bistro. Though the inside restaurant was heavily occupied, Mathiason said they preferred to sit outside and away from the crowd.

  • A large banner welcomes customers, Saturday, May 2, 2020, outside of Saltgrass Steak House. A May 1 executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott allowed restaurant dining areas, malls and movie theaters to re-open at 25% capacity.

  • A handwritten sign taped outside of Salon Central, Sunday, May 3, 2020, in San Marcos, alerts customers that the shop remains closed.

  • Metal animal figurines guard the doors from inside of Paper Bear Heartworks Co. Sunday, May 3, 2020, in San Marcos.

  • A neon sign borders an empty street, Sunday, May 3, 2020, outside of Mystic Marks Tattoo Co. Most shops located along North LBJ Drive near University Drive remain closed and empty.

  • A pair of cups wait to be picked up, Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Summer Moon Coffee. Although food establishments were able to open their dining rooms May 1, Summer Moon’s remained closed and only allowed orders for pickup.

  • Cones warning customers to stand six feet apart surround the outdoor patio of Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Saturday, May 2, 2020, in San Marcos.

  • Posters reminding customers to social distance hang on the outside of Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Saturday, May 2, 2020, in San Marcos. Customers outside sat at every other table to maintain distance.

  • Many shops along North LBJ Drive remain closed surrounded by empty parking spaces, Sunday, May 3, 2020, in San Marcos. A May 1 executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott allowed restaurants, malls and movie theaters to re-open at 25% capacity.

  • People occupy tables on the outside patio of CRAFThouse Kitchen & Tap, Saturday, May 2, 2020, in San Marcos. The restaurant welcomed customers with live music inside.

  • A bright red “CLOSED” sign is displayed, Sunday, May 3, 2020, in the window of the San Marcos Barbershop located on North LBJ Drive.

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