Texas Again Orders Bars to Close, Restaurants to Reduce Capacity Amid Coronavirus Surge – Houston Food Finder

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott at a press conference on April 27, 2020. Live video screenshot.After a record 5,996 new COVID-19 cases in Texas were reported yesterday, Governor Greg Abbott has ordered bars to once again close and restaurants to drop back to 50% guest occupancy. The order that restaurants reduce capacity goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 29.Bars are to close by noon on Friday (and most don’t even open until afternoon at the earliest, anyway). However, it’s worth noting that the phrasing of that section of the new order seems directed more at individuals than bar owners: “People shall not visit bars or similar establishments that hold a permit from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) and are not restaurants […]”.The first shutdown of bars was ordered on March 16. These were allowed to reopen on May 22 at 25% capacity and increase capacity to 50% on June 3. This time around, the order seems to leave an avenue for bars to continue doing business under a to-go and delivery model. The relevant verbiage reads, “that the use by such bars or similar establishments of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks is allowed to the extent authorized by TABC.” ( …

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