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From The Texas Tribune—
AUSTIN—Gov. Greg Abbott announced last Wednesday that bars in Texas can reopen for in-person service effective today — as long as their county governments choose to allow it.
Bars in counties that opt-in will be able to resume in-person services at 50 percent capacity, though all customers must be seated while eating or drinking. The governor will impose no outdoors capacity limits on bars or similar establishments.
“It is time to open them up,” Abbott said in a Facebook video. “If we continue to contain COVID, then these openings, just like other businesses, should be able to expand in the near future.”
In addition to bars being allowed to reopen, businesses currently limited to 50 percent capacity may now expand to 75 percent capacity — that includes establishments like movie theaters, bowling alleys, bingo halls and amusement parks.
But Abbott said in his order that bars in regions of the state with high hospitalizations for coronavirus won’t be able to open. He defined those regions as areas where coronavirus patients make up more than 15 percent of hospital capacity.
“It is time to open up more provided that safe protocols continue to be followed,” Abbott said. “If everyone continues the safe practices, Texas will be able to contain COVID and we will be able to reopen 100 percent.”