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Restaurants in Texas resume business despite steady rise in Coronavirus cases


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

20th May, 2020. 09:58 am
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Restaurants in Texas

Restaurants in Texas, despite the rise in Coronavirus cases, have been serving diners for two weeks at just 25 percent of capacity.

Other restaurants, bars and various business fields will continue to work this week as many of the shut fields started resuming their operations.

Republican governor Greg Abbott lifted lockdown orders on May 1 and began a phased reopening.

“Today, tomorrow, and every day going forward is one step closer to medical discoveries that can treat and protect people from COVID-19,” Abbott said announcing the second phase of his reopening plan.

“But until that day comes, our focus is keeping Texans safe while restoring their ability to get back to work, open their businesses, pay their bills, and put food on their tables.”

Many restaurants were permitted to reopen on May 1 at 25 percent capacity. Retail stores, movie theaters, museums and libraries were also allowed to reopen.

Some businesses like nail salons and barber shops were allowed to work a week later as they had strict social distancing restrictions imposed.

On Friday, restaurants will be allowed to increase to 50 percent capacity, and bars, craft breweries and wine tasting rooms can open for business at 25 percent capacity.

The reopening comes despite a steady rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Texas.

A total of 49,215 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Texas and there have been 1,352 deaths.

Abbott delayed the reopening measures for a week in Amarillo and several other areas but is pushing ahead elsewhere with a population of nearly 30 million.

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