AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott announced that it will stop any further phase of reopening businesses in Texas, and that it will once again end elective surgeries to preserve the number of hospital beds for coronavirus patients in certain counties that are seeing an increase in cases.
Abbott’s latest action does not reverse any of the reopening phases he has already allowed. This means that bars, restaurants, malls, bowling alleys and other businesses can still remain open with some occupancy restrictions.
Restaurants can operate at 75% of their capacity, and practically all other businesses, including bars, can operate at 50%.
“The last thing we want to do as a state is go back and close deals, but the pause will help our state corner the spread,” he said
The latest prohibition on elective surgical procedures applies to Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Travis counties, which have seen a fast increase in the number of patients hospitalized with the virus.