Governor Abbott is basing his decision on the increased number of people testing positive for COVID-19, as well as the increase in hospitalizations. Prior to launching the Strike Force to Open Texas, Governor Abbott previously stated that an increase above 10% of the positivity rate would lead to further preventative action.
Governor Abbott’s Executive Order includes the following:
- 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 p.m. on June 26. 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.
- Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
- Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
To view the Governor’s full Executive Order, click here.