Fourth of July weekend is coming up, and it’s more important than ever to celebrate social-distance style! Invite a few friends out to dinner or host a Zoom backyard party while watching the Town of Addison’s live stream of fireworks. But just know – going to the bar or gathering outside with more than 100 people isn’t an option.
Last Friday, Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations has increased, and as the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. These directives are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout Texas.
The order includes the following:
- All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close, beginning noon June 26. These businesses are allowed to remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages.
- Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning June 29.
- Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
Previously, Governor Abbott issued an executive order to ensure hospital bed availability for COVID-19 patients as Texas faces an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. On June 25, the Governor suspended elective surgeries at hospitals in several counties, including Dallas County which Addison is a part of.
If you are going back to work right now, be sure to follow safe social distancing practices and wear a mask whenever you are inside any establishment. We want to make sure all our business owners and residents stay healthy on Independence Day and beyond!