TABC makes it easier for Texas bars to reopen as restaurants

"The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission approved rules Aug. 25 intended to make it easier for bars to legally operate as restaurants during the Covid-19 pandemic. The state agency greatly expanded rules that had already offered a limited lifeline for some bars to temporarily reclassify themselves and generate a sliver of sales during the coronavirus crisis. The goal is to provide more ways for businesses to qualify as restaurants under Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order GA-28, which prohibits bars from reopening but allows restaurants to remain open at 50% capacity."

Gov. Greg Abbott halts elective surgeries in big metros, pauses further reopenings as Texas’ coronavirus cases spike

"Gov. Greg Abbott, a day after a key coronavirus metric he’s been watching hit “red flag” territory, again has moved to conserve hospital beds by halting elective surgeries. He also announced Thursday that he’s pausing any further reopening of businesses and other public activities until Texas can “corral” a recent surge in COVID-19 infections...Unlike the March order, though, the one he issued on Thursday didn’t apply statewide, just to Dallas, Harris, Travis and Bexar counties."

Abbott says businesses can operate at 50% capacity, theme parks can reopen amid COVID

"Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that nearly all businesses may increase their capacity to 50% amid the novel coronavirus’ outbreak, with even larger crowds allowed by the end of the month...Amusement parks and carnivals may also reopen at limited capacity in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and starting June 19 may also operate at 50% capacity in the remaining counties that have more cases."

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