Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Friday that requires all bars to close at noon and imposes restrictions on outdoor activities, making Texas the first state to reimpose a lockdown after lifting it. The order allows restaurants to remain open for dine-in service but at a capacity of no more than 50% starting Monday. Restaurants are currently operating at 75% capacity. Rafting and tubing businesses will be closed and gatherings of more than 100 people must be approved by local governments. "As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19," the governor said in a statement. "At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars." The move comes a day after Abbott said he was pausing the next phase of reopening to stem the spread of the virus. The governor urged Texans to wash their hands frequently, wear a face mask and observe social distancing. Texas was one of the first states to lift its stay-at-home order on April 30. The state is one of 30 that are seeing spikes in infection rates, according to a New York Times tracker.
June 26, 2020, 11:06 a.m. EDT