bar closedFriday morning, Governor Abbott issues a new, more aggressive order aimed at slowing down the spread of COVID-19 infections. The order focuses on businesses and services with links to increased infections. Most notably, bars must close at noon today.

Other businesses affected by the order include:

  • Restaurants – Beginning Monday restaurants must scale back capacity to 50%, down from the phase three 75% level.
  • Tube and raft rental – Presumably to help prevent gathering on rivers, both tube and raft rental companies must close.

The order also limits outdoor gatherings, saying that outdoor gatherings of 100 or more must receive approval from local governments.

“At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars,” Abbott said in a news release. “The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health.”

You can view the official order below:

The announcement comes a day after Abbott announced a pause in the re-opening plan.

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