In a press conference held in a Lubbock restaurant back on March 2, in which Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order ending most of his COVD-19 mandates, the governor proudly proclaimed, “It’s time to open Texas 100 percent.”
But just a few months later, Abbott’s own directives could cause COVID-19 restrictions to return.
According to the executive order signed at the time, all businesses were allowed to reopen at 100 percent capacity. The order also “strongly encouraged” individuals to wear masks and noted that nothing in the order prohibits individual businesses from requiring employees and customers to wear face masks.
The order came with a stipulation, however.
If the hospitalization rate in any of the state’s 22 Trauma Service Areas is more than 15 percent for more than seven days, the restrictions can come back into place. Abbott’s order allows county judges in “areas with high hospitalizations” to wind back occupancy limits in businesses to as low as 50 percent.