Governor Abbott Expands Capacity for Many Businesses in Texas

Throughout the North Dallas Corridor, you may notice many businesses welcoming more guests through their doors this week. That’s because Governor Greg Abbott recently announced that he is expanding capacity to 75% for many businesses in Texas!

In a press conference on Sept. 17, Gov. Abbott said that many Texas businesses will be allowed to expand thanks to steady and significant improvements in COVID-19 trends statewide since their peaks in July. Here are the highlights:

  • Retail, restaurants, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms, museums and libraries may expand to 75% capacity beginning Monday, September 21.
  • Bars will remain closed.
  • Nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities that do not have an active COVID-19 outbreak may reopen to visitation on Thursday, September 24.
  • Hospitals in regions with COVID-19-related hospitalizations under 15% will be allowed to resume ordinary, elective surgical procedures.

Several other business types will remain at 50% capacity for now, including wedding reception venues, movie theaters, amusement parks and waterparks, bowling alleys, fine arts performance halls, video game facilities, zoos, aquariums, natural caverns and more. Gov. Abbott shared that wearing masks, social distancing and other CDC-recommended sanitation protocols were responsible for the state’s downtrends in hospitalization and positivity rates, and he encouraged Texans to continue practicing these important preventative measures.

For a complete list of current restrictions and protocols, visit You can view Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order 30 here.

For more Addison COVID-19 updates, please visit Keep doing your part, Addison, to help slow the spread!

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