Video by Edison Meza
Written by Camille Rhyne
The Pandemic has certainly affected many businesses and individuals. In attempts to prevent spread of the Coronavirus, Governor Abbott shut down all businesses that were filed under the Bar category. Hundreds of businesses have been forced to shut their doors. Many businesses have turned to “to-go” service as well as many other means to make profits. Governor Abbott ordered the closure on June 26th, and this coming week marks the fifteenth week of bars unopened.
Denton Country Judge Andy Eads has stated plans to file the necessary paperwork, alongside the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, with hopes of opening bars to 50% capacity. This past Wednesday, the Governor announced another series of reopening’s. Bars can reopen to 50% in-person capacity on October 14th, so long as county governments choose to allow it. The county’s hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients must be under 15%.
Denton County’s current hospitalization rate for COVID-19 is 6.8%. If county officials decide to permit the limited capacity reopening, then on October 14th, bars will be able to open their doors.
“I applaud Gov. Abbott’s announcement today to open up bars to 50%,” Eads said by phone after the announcement. “Denton County has continued to have a low case volume especially compared to other counties here in North Texas.” Businesses, excluding those under bar regulations, can now expand to 75% in-person capacity if they were previously open at 50%. There is still no outdoor capacity limits on bars and similar establishments.