Rules for restaurants and bars county-by-county in the Houston area

Harris County officials order all bars, clubs to close, restaurants to suspend dining in; Fort Bend County issues recommendations

HOUSTON – As more cases of the coronavirus emerge in southeast Texas, county leaders are announcing new orders and guidelines for restaurants and bars.



Effective from March 17 to March 31

  • Restaurants, wineries, microbreweries, micro-distilleries must operate as delivery/takeout/drive-thru only.
  • Bars, clubs, lounges, taverns or arcades must close
  • To report violations, call 832-839-6941



Effective from March 17 to April 1


  • All restaurants shall reduce the occupancy of the entire premise to 50 people or less at any one time in total.
  • Tables shall be spaced a minimum of 10 feet apart.
  • All restaurants may continue to-go, takeout, delivery, and catering operations.

Bars and clubs:

  • Any bar or club shall limit occupancy to 50 persons or less at any one time in total.

Movie theaters:

  • Movie theaters shall limit occupancy to 25 persons or less per screen at any one time.


Community guidelines

Bars and Clubs:

  • Suspend service at bars and clubs
  • Reduce hours and capacity to decrease the number of people in a space at one time and increase the amount of time available for staff to clean and disinfect tables, chairs, bathrooms, etc.


  • Limit service to delivery, take-out, and pick-up options, instead of sit-down dining.
  • Decrease to 50% seating capacity to allow for social distancing.
  • Avoid going to restaurant establishments in groups greater than 6.
  • Utilize electronic payment methods instead of handling cash or coins.