New guidelines are ‘going to break me’ local daycare owner says

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) On Monday Texas Gov. Greg Abbott provided guidelines for child care facilities in Texas, outlining new social distancing measures.

A Central Texas daycare owner says new guidelines for child care facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic could force her to close. (MGN)

Across the state some cares never closed while stay at home orders were in place, but had been operating under a different set of rules.

Little Kids Day Care in Waco says it followed guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but is now having to hire more staff because of "more intense" guideline changes.

"I had to raise my rates $10 just to hire staff," says owner Michelle Hampton.

Hampton says one of the issues she's dealing with is a change in the ratio of children to teachers.

"What am I supposed to say? Tell a parent you can’t bring in your kid this week?"

"I don’t have the staff now when just last week I had the staff," says Hampton.

She says the guidelines are upsetting because of the work she's been doing for weeks.

"This is the first time since all this COVID got out that I have a paper telling me what we should be doing," says Hampton.

"I’m at the point to where I might have to shut down because I can’t run this way," she says.

Hampton hopes that government will rethink the new guidelines and makes them more lenient.

"Nobody is thinking of these kids," says Hampton.

"Nobody is thinking of these parents that are struggling and now having to pay more money," she says.