WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Like most small businesses that have been affected because of COVID-19, wineries and vineyards are surprisingly no different.
They fall under Governor Abbott’s mandate for bars, which requires all bars and similar establishments to close if they get over 51% of their gross receipts from alcohol sales.
“Right now we’re okay but sitting here six months from now I don’t know if I can say that I will not be sitting here a year from now. We just can’t last that long,” said Scott Poenitzsch, president & CEO of Horseshoe Bend Cellars Vineyard & Winery.
Both Scott and Mark Rogers, owner of Marker Family Cellars, have been working with The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commissions in hopes of creating separate regulations for wineries.
Even though neither business is open for wine tasting, they are still offering curbside pickup and delivery.
You can read the Gov. executive order on bars by clicking here.