Texas Restricts Sales of Alcohol on Site, Limits Restaurant Capacity, Closes Businesses Temporarily to Combat COVID-19
As part of the “Opening of Texas” Executive orders, bars will be closed effective June 26, 2020 only allowing sales for delivery and takeout.
What are the details?
Per Executive Orders GA-26, GA-23, GA-21, and GA-18, collectively all part of the “Opening the State of Texas” process, the State has decided to close bars effective June 26, 2020 for the foreseeable future. They will be allowed to continue with sales for delivery and takeout.
Restaurants will also now be limited to 50% capacity, a reduction from the previous 75% allowed. Rafting and tubing businesses will also be closing.
Further reading and a link to all the involved executive orders can be found here.
What do employers need to do?
Bars, rafting, and tubing businesses should keep an eye out for executive orders that may allow them to fully or partially re-open their businesses. Restaurants should begin reducing capacity in their restaurants.
Summary of State Laws (Q1 & Q2 2020)
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