Abbott is Opening Up Texas...a Little More

Just about all businesses are now open to 50% capacity.

Restaurants can now seat up to ten people at a table, and a week from tomorrow will increase to 75% capacity.

Governor Greg Abbott's latest order, released yesterday, allow outdoor professional sports to operate at 50% capacity, up from 25, and for the first time, outdoor college sports are now allowed to resume with 50% capacity.

Bars...tomorrow is Friday night...bars can go up to 50% capacity but patrons still have to be seated.

The governor's latest order does include some finer points: amusement parks and carnivals can open immediately at 50% capacity if they are in a county with fewer than 1,000 cases of Covid 19. That changes June 19 when all amusement parks and carnivals can open to 50% capacity regardless of the number of cases.

Smaller counties in the state are able to open to 75% capacity if there are less than 10 active cases as of June 12.

This is the text from Governor Abbott's statement:

Effective June 3:

All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions. 

Bars and similar establishments may increase their capacity to 50% as long as patrons are seated.

Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity. 

Restaurants may expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons. 

Effective June 12:

Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%. 

Counties with 10 or less active COVID-19 cases may expand their occupancy limits to 75%. Counties that fit this category but have not previously filed an attestation with DSHS will need to do so.

Effective June 19:

Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 may open at 50% capacity.

Additional Openings:

Special provisions have been made for outdoor gatherings, such as Fourth of July celebrations, but it is imperative that local officials and public health officials collaborate on safe standards. These provisions are included in the Governor's Executive Order and are also available on theOpen Texas webpage. 

Further Protocols:

All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from DSHS. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit

Reminders for those going out:

  • Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings.
  • People should not be in groups greater than ten when possible.
  • People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.
  • People are still asked to avoid nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities.

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