Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order this morning limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive and the hospitalization numbers have increased. The number testing positive is now above 10% which is a number Governor Abbott previously stated would lead to further action.
The order includes the following:
A. All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 noon on Friday, June 26th. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
B. Restaurants may remain open for dine in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29th.
C. Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
D. All outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments.
This order is in effect until further notice by the Governor. Any and all violations of the order is subject to a $1000 fine.
Governor Abbott said “As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the actions in this order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health.”
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