If you’ve been dying to go out for a drink, Governor Abbott has granted your wish. Today he announced that bars may open back up this Friday, May 22. The reopening comes as part of advancing to phase two of the Texas reopening plan.

Breweries, wine tasting rooms, and other alcohol-related establishments also fall under this order. They can open at 25% capacity inside, but with no capacity limits on patios as long as tables remain at least six feet apart.

“Our goal is to find ways to coexist with COVID-19 as safely as possible,” Abbott said. “That includes safe social distancing, wearing masks, and sanitizing hands. It’s a fact that these safe practices save lives.”

The governor issued some other updates as part of phase two. These include increasing restaurant capacity to 50% as of Friday, childcare facilities can open immediately, and summer camps can open as of May 31st.

The governor did issue the caveat that counties containing COVID-19 hotspots cannot yet move to phase two. This includes El Paso, Randall, Potter, Moore, & Deaf Smith.

Plan on going out for a drink? Make sure you check out our list of the best San Antonio happy hours! And if you want to take your pooch with you, see our list of dog-friendly restaurants and bars in San Antonio.

Lynn Miller