Governor Abbott announced today the easing of more of the COVID-19 restrictions put in place for businesses across the state.  Business officially classified as bars though must still remain closed since according to Governor Abbott, they’re “nationally recognized as COVID-spreading locations.”

Additionally, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, and Victoria regions of Texas were excluded from this latest order due to coronavirus numbers that are still considered above the acceptable threshold.

Today’s order goes into effect on Monday, September 21 and includes the following:

  • Businesses not officially classified as bars can operate at 75% capacity (up from 50% capacity)
  • Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities will be able to allow visitations again (up to two, designated essential family caregivers effective on September 24)
  • Hospitals may once again schedule and perform elective surgery procedures
  • Safe practices such as wearing face masks, social distancing, etc. must still continue

While this is welcome news to many local businesses, bars that are unable to reclassify as restaurants have not seen much relief. In late August, the requirements for bars to obtain a food and beverage license were amended to allow more of these businesses to reclassify as restaurants but those that are still unable to do so will be forced to remain closed for the time being.

For more information on today’s order, you may visit open.texas.gov

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