Gov Abbott Scales Back Closing Bars And Limiting Restaurants
Governor Abbott has reissued all Bars in Amarillo and Texas to close as of noon today just after allowing them to open just weeks ago. The latest order requires any hospitality business that makes more than 51% of it yearly sales from alcohol to close as of noon today without exception.
The Governor is backpedaling from his phase three opening of Texas due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases which has shown Texas with the second most COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the country. Wednesday alone Texas had 5531 confirmed cases.
In addition to his ordering bars closing Governor Abbott is also ordering restaurants to scale back in-dining to a 50% of the allotted occupancy effective Monday, June 29.
Outdoor rafting and tubing are ordered to cease immediately and any outdoor activity of more than 100 people must be approved by Amarillo city officials.
"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," he said.
Abbott also expressed his concerns about social distancing and wearing a face mask or protective covering.
Governor Abbott has issued the following orders to take place for an indefinite period of time and did not specify on when he would possibly continuie with his once aggressive re-opening of Texas.