HOUSTON | Texas governor Friday ordered the bars closed at noon after an outbreak of cases of coronavirus in the american State.
“At the present time, it is clear that the increase in the number of cases is largely due to certain types of activities, including Texans who congregate in the bars,” said governor Greg Abbott in a press release, asking every Texan to “do its part”, to wear a mask and comply with the measures of social distancing.
Bars and similar establishments that derive more than half of their gross revenues from the sale of alcoholic beverages must close Friday at noon. They are still allowed to make deliveries and take aways.
Since 12 June, the restaurants could open at 75 % of their maximum capacity. They must now be limited to 50 %.
The decree of Greg Abbott also gives the power to local governments to authorize or not the gatherings of 100 people or more.
Texas reported yesterday 5996 new cases, a record in the great State of the South since the beginning of the pandemic.
It is the positivity rate, the number of positive tests reported to the total number of tests carried out at 11.76 % on Thursday, which pushed Greg Abbott to “take additional measures to mitigate the spread” of the COVID-19. In may, the governor had declared to monitor this indicator as it did not want to see it exceed 10 %.
Texas is one of the first u.s. States to have re-opened its economy. As soon as the 1st of may, restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas, and shops were able to reopen at a reduced capacity. Bars, hair salons and beauty care had followed suit in the following weeks.
Last week, the governor announced the opening of the amusement parks and fun fairs at 50 % of capacity.