On Friday (June 26th) Governor Abbott announced that he would be closing bars in Texas at noon that very day. While likely done to curb a weekend spike, as Texas COVID cases are on the rise, it put a lot of business owners and bands in a very precarious predicament.

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Over the weekend, artist manager / musician / curator of Larry Joe Taylor's Texas Music Festival, Larry Joe penned an open-letter to the governor expressing the concerns he has, bands have, and bar owners have over the closings. He also illustrated to the governor how waiting until Friday morning to do it exasperated these problems. He also suggested that the TABC refund license fees during forced closings.

"Twenty-four hour notice? Is that too much to ask for?" - Larry Joe Taylor

Read his entire letter below.


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