Amid the new surge in a record number of positive COVID-19 cases across the state, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he is rolling back some of the state’s reopening, which will directly affect all restaurants and bars. The announcement comes only a day after he publicly stated that he would pause the state’s reopening.
On Thursday, Texas reported a 79% increase in the weekly average of positive COVID-19 cases with an average of 4,757 daily new cases. Gov. Abbott previously stated that “additional measures are going to be necessary” and the state would have to take “tougher actions” if the daily positive cases continue to increase as we enter into the month of July.
Texas Rollback Guidelines:
- 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 p.m. Friday. These businesses may remain open for delivery and takeout, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
- Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, capacity shall not to exceed more than 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29th.
- Rafting and tubing businesses must close, but rivers will remain open.
- Large outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
- Residents are not required to wear a mask but the Governor has asked all Texans to wear a mask in public.