County judges outline their plans for reopening bars after Abbott’s new order

HOUSTON – Houston-area county judges weighed in Wednesday on their plans for reopening bars following Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s new order. Abbott announced bars and similar establishments are allowed to reopen at 50% capacity in counties with low COVID-19 hospitalizations starting Oct. 14.

READ: Abbott says bars can reopen at 50% capacity in counties with low COVID-19 hospitalizations

The new executive order gives the authority to reopen bars to the county judges.

Here is how county judges in the Houston area reacted to the announcement:

Harris County

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo stated that maskless gatherings should not be happening right now following the governor’s announcement of reopening bars.

Hidalgo said the county is still at level “red,” meaning indoor, maskless gathering should not be taking place, including bars. She said Harris County is moving in the right direction in efforts to contain the virus, but for residents to not let their guard down.

Hidalgo’s office tweeted: “Judge Hidalgo reminds the community that, for the sake of long-term success, we cannot responsibly have further reopenings until the virus is under control.”


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