September 17, 2020, Governor Abbott announces expanded capacity for certain businesses

Governor Abbott expanded capacity limits to 75% specifically for:

  • restaurants
  • retail stores
  • offices
  • gyms

The Governor specifically prohibited bars from reopening.

June 26, 2020, Governor Abbott takes Executive Action to limit spread of COVID-19

Governor Abbott is limiting certain businesses in an effort to contain COVID-19:

  • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
  • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
  • Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.


June 3, 2020, Governor Abbott filed Phase III of Reopen Texas.

Effective Immediately:

  • Businesses may expand occupancy from 25% to 50%.
  • Services such as salons have no capacity limits, however work- stations must be six feet apart.
  • Religious services, local government operations, child-care services, youth camps, or recreational sports programs also have no capacity limits.
  • Bars may increase capacity to 50% provided patrons are seated.
  • Restaurants may seat a maximum of 10 per table, up from 6.
  • “Essential businesses” have no capacity limits. “Essential” is determined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Beginning June 12, 2020:

  • Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%.
  • Businesses in counties reporting less than 10 active COVID-19 cases may expand their occupancy limits from 50% to 75%.

See full details about Governor Abbott’s executive order here.