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By Terrence Ates
Wednesday, October 07, 2020

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July 2 2020 Executive Order

Governor Greg Abbott Expands Capacity for Certain Services in Texas

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, and in accordance with guidance from the Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Dr. John Hellerstedt, other medical advisors, the White House, and the CDC, do hereby order the following on a statewide basis effective at 12:01 a.m. on October 7, 2020:

  • In areas with high hospitalizations as defined below, any business establishment thatotherwise would have a 75 percent occupancy or operating limit may operate at upto only 50 percent. This paragraph does not apply, however, to businessestablishments located in a county that has filed with DSHS, and is in compliancewith, the requisite attestation form promulgated by DSHS regarding minimal casesof COVTD-19.“Areas with high hospitalizations” means any Trauma Service Area that has hadseven consecutive days in which the number of COVID- 19 hospitalized patientsas a percentage of total hospital capacity exceeds 15 percent, until such time asthe Trauma Service Area has seven consecutive days in which the number ofCOVID- 19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is 15 percent or less. 
  • All indoor and outdoor professional, collegiate, and similar sporting events,including rodeos and equestrian events, shall remain limited to 50 percent of thenormal operating limits as determined by the owner.
  • Restaurants that have less than 51 percent of their gross receipts from the sale ofalcoholic beverages, and whose customers eat or drink only while seated, may offer dine-in services
  • Staff members are not included in determining operating levels, except formanufacturing services and office workers.
  • Public schools may operate as provided by, and under the minimum standard healthprotocols found in, guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Privateschools and institutions of higher education are encouraged to establish similar standards
  • People may visit nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted livingfacilities, or long-term care facilities as determined through guidance from theTexas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Nursing homes, statesupported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilitiesshould follow infection control policies and practices set forth by HHSC, includingminimizing the movement of staff between facilities whenever possible.

Given under my hand this the 7th day of October, 2020. 

Governor Greg Abbott

Office of the Texas Governor

To review the entire proclamation, please visit the official website of Texas Governor Greg Abbott - https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-32_continued_response_to_COVID-19_IMAGE_10-07-2020.pdf

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