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Texas bars may reopen with restrictions

​​AUSTIN – Govt. Greg Abbott has allowed bars and similar establishments to open up to 50 percent capacity in conjunction with county officials. 

In counties where COVID-19 hospitalizations are below 15 percent of hospital capacity, judges can opt their county into opening bars beginning Oct.14, provided they assist in enforcing health protocols. 

Dance floors at bars and similar establishments must remain closed. Consistent with protocols for restaurants, all patrons must be seated while eating or drinking (with limited exceptions for sampling at breweries, distilleries, and wineries), and they must wear masks when they are not seated at a table. Additionally, tables are limited to no more than​ six individuals, and all establishments must follow specific curfew guidelines. 

The order also increases the occupancy levels for all business establishments other than bars to 75 percent.  

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