AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Governor Greg Abbott has drawn back on the state's Open Texas plan amid a growing positivity rate of COVID-19 cases and the number of hospitalizations increase.
According to the Governor's office, the positivity rate of COVID-19 cases increased above 10% and the number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations increased, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action.
"The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state," stated the Governor's office.
The executive order includes the following limitations and closures:
- 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.
In addition, yesterday, Abbott took action to ban elective surgeries and non-essential procedures in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis Counties in an effort to preserve bed space for coronavirus patients.
“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” stated Governor Abbott. “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. Every Texan has a responsibility to themselves and their loved ones to wear a mask, wash their hands, stay six feet apart from others in public, and stay home if they can. I know that our collective action can lead to a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 because we have done it before, and we will do it again.”