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Cherie Rose tried to go to a local craft store this past weekend. She thought she could quickly run in for a few things while she was taking care of other errands.

“As we turned the corner, the parking lot was just packed,” she said.

People were parked in the street, which is unusual in Lubbock. She didn’t stop at the store and kept driving.

“You would’ve thought it was a Black Friday. There were so many cars," Rose said. "This is ridiculous. How can we be having so many COVID problems and the people are packing the stores like this?”