Mayor Gunter: I Believe Bars Should Be Able to Open for Business
SAN ANGELO, TX – Mayor Brenda Gunter held a press conference on Tuesday announcing that she and the City of San Angelo will stand behind bar owners.
When asked, on September 22, if Mayor Gunter though bars were getting a fair shake she replied "No I don't. I think they deserve the opportunity to open their doors no matter what that is."
Although TABC has made rule changes to allow some bars to reopen Mayor Gunter claims that it isn't good enough. "We need opportunities for businesses that are still closed," said Mayor Gunter.
Earlier today San Angelo LIVE! reported Rep. Darby wrote a letter to Governor Abbott asking that he would reconsider his stand on Bars and Distilleries. Read more here: Darby to Governor: 'Open Our Bars!'
Mayor Gunter says she wants all businesses to reopen to help rebuild the economy in San Angelo. At the beginning of the pandemic, San Angelo's unemployment rate was 3% now it is over 7%. Mayor Gunter, Rep. Darby, and many others believe that reopening all bars, distilleries, and music venues will make that unemployment rate what it was back in February.
Although Mayor Gunter would like to see bars open she is aware of the risk. In July, San Angelo was one of the cities with the highest positivity rate in America. Since then, San Angelo's positivity rate has dropped but is still higher than the State of Texas as a whole.
Mayor Gunter's main point throughout the press conference was if citizens want bars to be open, it is on them.
"Our ability to continue to open doors, including bars, is dependent on each and everyone out there," said Mayor Gunter. "You must be part of the plan to keep San Angelo safe and out businesses economically secure. It is in the hands of every San Angelo citizen."