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Coronavirus Update: Governor scales back measures to reopen Texas

Given the rapidly increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the state, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-28 this morning. The positivity rate for COVID-19 has exceeded 10%, leading the Governor to tighten restrictions. The Executive Order mandates:

  • 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 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
  • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
  • Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.(This mandate was included in Executive Order GA-26 announced earlier this week. Previously, this applied only to outdoor gatherings over 500 people. Mayor Nirenberg signed a second addendum to his Eighth Emergency Health Declaration Wednesday to align with the Governor’s amendment.)

Yesterday, Governor Abbott announced that Texas would pause any further phases to re-open while the state works to curb the coronavirus spread. In addition, he issued Executive Order GA-27 to suspend elective surgeries at hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties to ensure hospital bed availability for COVID-19 patients.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Reyes, Vice President of Public Policy at sreyes@sachamber.org or by phone at 210-229-2162.

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