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Abbott Gives Okay for Bars to Reopen, With Restrictions

Bars may reopen Oct. 14 at 50% capacity in Texas counties with low COVID-19 hospitalization rates, Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday. The reopenings are contingent on county judges opting their counties in with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and assisting with enforcement of COVID-19 health protocols.

Bars and nightclubs were ordered closed statewide in late June, as the pandemic began spreading across Texas. Those that are allowed to reopen next week must make sure that all customers are seated while eating or drinking and that groups are spaced at least six feet apart. Tables of more than six people aren’t allowed.

“Opening bars does not mean that COVID-19 is no longer a threat, and most Texans are still susceptible to the virus,” Abbott cautioned Wednesday. He also increased capacities for amusement parks, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums and bowling alleys to 75% in areas with low COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).