Texas is notorious for marching to the beat of its own drum, and that has proven true in the COVID-19 pandemic. The state has the twelfth fewest coronavirus restrictions in the nation, which means that if you’re in a vulnerable population or simply can’t afford to get sick, you should be familiar with COVID-19 restrictions in Texas.
As of June 23, 2020, Texas is currently in Phase 3 of reopening. Along with these reopening plans come the largest spike of coronavirus cases in the state since the virus was detected. Whether you choose to go out or opt to stay home to protect your health, the government urges you to follow social distancing and handwashing protocol.
What’s open in Texas
- Bars and restaurants: Bars and restaurants are at 75 percent capacity for indoor, served and seated locations, with no capacity limit for outdoor dining or drinking. Tables are limited to 10 people.
- Hair salons: Hair salons are allowed to operate at full capacity, so long as social distancing requirements are followed.
- Places of worship: Places of worship do not currently have a capacity limit. Nor do local government operations, child care services and youth camps or groups.
- Indoor sports and recreation: Bowling alleys, gyms and other indoor recreation sites are open. Social distancing protocols are encouraged.
- Amusement parks: In counties where coronavirus cases are under 1,000, amusement parks may reopen at full capacity, whereas counties with over 1,000 cases can reopen at half capacity.
- Concert halls and theatres: Fine arts performance halls are open at 50 percent capacity if they are indoors, and there is no capacity limit for outdoor venues. However, a minimum of six feet should be kept between groups.
- Valet parking: Valet parking is allowed once more, with special protocols for disinfecting surfaces while parking the cars.
- Media and video game facilities: Movie theaters, arcades and other indoor entertainment options are open, with social distancing requirements and a 50 percent capacity reduction.
Should you wear a mask?
Whether you should wear a mask is a hotly debated subject among the general population—some feel it infringes on their personal freedoms. Governor Greg Abbott has stated that while the government may not be allowed to require citizens to wear masks, local businesses and organizations can make it a requirement.
However, just because the government doesn’t currently require you to wear a mask as part of the Texas COVID-19 restrictions, it is highly advisable that you do so whenever you are in public. COVID-19 is a highly transmissible respiratory illness that can be spread even when a person shows no outward symptoms of being sick. Coughing, sneezing, speaking and singing are all ways that the virus can spread. With the state of Texas regularly reporting 3,000 new cases per day over the past few weeks, it is wise to protect yourself and others as much as possible.
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