In the recent move on the Texas coronavirus seesaw, Governor Greg Abbott has introduced a new round of restrictions that include closing bars and limiting restaurant occupancy.
The Executive Order requires bars in Texas to close at 12:00 noon on Friday, June 26, although they are still allowed to make deliveries and take-away, including alcoholic beverages.
Restaurants must return to their previous occupancy rate of 50 percent, compared to their previous 75 percent.
The Texas Restaurant Association issued a press release acknowledging that Governor Abbott “made a tough decision today” based on the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Abbott’s appointment includes:
All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51 percent of their gross income from the sale of alcoholic beverages must close at 12:00 noon on June 26th. These stores may remain open for delivery and takeaway, including alcoholic beverages, if approved by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
The restaurants may still be open for dining service, but as of Monday June 29, they may not exceed 50 percent of the total indoor occupancy listed.
Rafting and tubing shops have to close.
Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
The order does not affect the outside terraces of restaurants.
The order comes a day after Abbott took a “break” from reopening in Texas after a spike in COVID-19 cases.
The Texas hospitals treated 4,738 patients, a record for the 14th straight day.
Places of worship, childcare services, local government operations and youth camps, which can be operated without capacity restrictions, are not affected.