September 17, 2020, Governor Abbott announces expanded capacity for certain businesses
Governor Abbott expanded capacity limits to 75% specifically for:
- retail stores
The Governor specifically prohibited bars from reopening.
June 26, 2020, Governor Abbott takes Executive Action to limit spread of COVID-19
Governor Abbott is limiting certain businesses in an effort to contain COVID-19:
- All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
- Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
- Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
- Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
June 3, 2020, Governor Abbott filed Phase III of Reopen Texas.
- Businesses may expand occupancy from 25% to 50%.
- Services such as salons have no capacity limits, however work- stations must be six feet apart.
- Religious services, local government operations, child-care services, youth camps, or recreational sports programs also have no capacity limits.
- Bars may increase capacity to 50% provided patrons are seated.
- Restaurants may seat a maximum of 10 per table, up from 6.
- “Essential businesses” have no capacity limits. “Essential” is determined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
Beginning June 12, 2020:
- Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%.
- Businesses in counties reporting less than 10 active COVID-19 cases may expand their occupancy limits from 50% to 75%.
See full details about Governor Abbott’s executive order here.