Q: What pandemic restrictions are currently in effect?

A: During the pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott has issued 25 executive orders in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. These orders have ranged from shutting down bars to requiring out-of-state travelers to quarantine. While many of the executive orders are no longer active, several remain in effect.

On July 2, Abbott ordered Texans to wear a mask when inside stores and other indoor public places, and outdoors when it is not possible to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. This order included exceptions for children under 10, people with certain medical conditions and anyone who is eating or drinking, voting, exercising or attending a religious service, among other activities. Counties with 20 or fewer case can opt out.

The order remains in effect and repeat violators can be fined up to $250. In the Crossroads, many local officials have opted for a voluntary approach.

Abbott has also released several orders limiting the capacity at which bars, restaurants and other businesses can operate. On Oct. 7, Abbott raised the occupancy limit for most businesses to 75% and allowed bars to open for the first time in months, at 50% capacity, as long as county judges permitted it. In Victoria County, Judge Ben Zeller allowed bars to open shortly thereafter.

However, Abbott introduced a new metric intended to prevent the reopening of the economy from leading to a spike in cases that would overwhelm hospitals. Every county in Texas belongs to one of 22 “trauma service areas,” a group of counties that coordinates health care services.

According to the Oct. 7 order, if more than 15% of the available hospital beds in a trauma service area are occupied by COVID-19 patients for seven consecutive days, businesses must reduce their capacity to 50% and bars can no longer open.

There are no capacity limits for houses of worship, child-care services, recreational sports programs, public or private schools or salons, barbershops and other personal care and beauty service establishments, according to the order.

This 75% capacity order, along with the mask order, remains active.

Recommended For You


You must be logged in to react.
Click any reaction to login.
0
0
0
0
0

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Transparency. Your full name is required.
Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. And receive photos, videos of what you see.
Don’t be a troll. Don’t be a troll. Don’t post inflammatory or off-topic messages, or personal attacks.

Thank you for reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.

To subscribe, click here. Already a subscriber? Click here.