Texas Bars Shut Down Today, Restaurants Go To 50% Capacity Monday
For a while it seemed like we were on the fast-track to reopening ALL of our businesses here in the Lone Star State, and starting to see at least "somewhat" normal life come back. However, earlier today, we took a kind of step backwards here in Texas.
According to the Texas Tribune, Governor Greg Abbott announced that today, bars in Texas would close down. Which they did, as of noon today. But, it wasn't just the bars that will see the effects. On Monday, restaurants will begin to limit their capacity more. I think - don't quote me on this one - that restaurants were allowed to have 75% capacity in them. On Monday, they will be limited to only 50% capacity. Governor Abbott also made the announcement that river-rafting trips would be shut altogether, and any outdoor gatherings that had 100 people or more would be banned "unless local officials approve".
I'm not disagreeing with Governor Abbott. As we see the number of cases rise, we have to do something to try and limit the number of COVID-19 cases. However, it's still frustrating to not be able to do things normally, and not be able to do some things at all.
But, we can still look forward to things going back to normal at some point. I mean, let's be realistic here, this thing can't last forever. We have to stay optimistic. Until it does go away, all I ask is that you be smart. Wash your hands, practice social distancing, all of those things. And, be safe.
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