Gov. Abbott: Bars must close at noon, restaurant capacity restricted

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AUSTIN, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Gov. Greg Abbott is scaling back on the reopening plan.

On Friday, the Governor announced bars, who receive more than 51 percent of their gross receipts from alcoholic beverages, must close at noon. However, take-out will still be permitted as long as TABC rules are followed.

The Governor is also scaling back on capacity for restaurants. Under the most recent reopening phase, restaurants were allowed to scale up to 75 percent capacity. Gov. Abbott has since scaled it back to 50 percent. That will go into effect Monday.

Additionally, rafting and tubing businesses must close and outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments.

The new restrictions come as hospitalizations and case numbers have surged throughout Texas.

Gov. Abbott called on Texans to take precautions on Monday and noted shutting down the economy would be a last resort.

“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,” said Governor Abbott. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health. We want this to be as limited in duration as possible. However, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part. Every Texan has a responsibility to themselves and their loved ones to wear a mask, wash their hands, stay six feet apart from others in public, and stay home if they can. I know that our collective action can lead to a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 because we have done it before, and we will do it again.”

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