Governor Abbott Issues New Order


Due to the substantial increases in COVID-19 positive cases, increases in the positivity rate and increase in hospitalizations, Governor Abbott has issued his latest General Order, GA-28.  GA-28 makes targeted adjustments to the reopening plan in an effort to reduce the growing spread of COVID-19 and avoid the need for more extreme protective measures.  The order also strongly encourages individuals to practice good hygiene, social distancing and wearing of face coverings.  People should not be in groups larger than ten people.         

Below is a brief summary of adjustments to the reopening plan:

  • Outdoor Events – outdoor gatherings of 100 individuals or less are allowed, but must follow the established health protocols; gatherings of more than 100 individuals are only allowed outdoors with local approval.
  • Restaurants – may operate for dine-in service up to 75% of the total listed occupancy; effective June 29, 2020 may only operate for dine-in service up to 50% total listed occupancy; consider having all employees wear a cloth face covering; parties maintain at least 6 feet separation; no tables of more than 10 people.
  • Bars – bars or similar establishments that have 51% or more of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages may not operate except for drive-thru, pickup or delivery options for food and drinks to the extent allowed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). 
  • Rafting and Tubing Services - may not operate, including rental of rafts or tubes and transportation of people for the purpose of rafting or tubing.