Reopening of the bars in Corpus Christi

Nueces county judge Barbara Canales says she will meet with the TABC, mayors and sheriffs of towns in the county to discuss health protocol enforcement.

NUECES COUNTY, Texas – Governor Greg Abbott has passed an executive order that allows bars to reopen at 50 percent capacity with the approval of county judges.

In locations with low COVID-19 hospital stays, district judges may allow bars to reopen on Wednesday October 14th. The arrangement also increases the occupancy rate of all businesses except bars to 75 percent.

When a district judge authorizes the opening of these facilities, certain protocols must be followed.

Dance floors must remain closed and all guests must sit while eating or drinking and wear masks when not seated. Tables must be limited to a maximum of six people in all locations and must comply with curfew guidelines.

Judge Canales said she will review the order and meet with officials from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the county mayors, and the county sheriff to ensure she can certify the county’s ability to assist with health protocol enforcement.

Corpus Christi Development Services’ Virtual Task Force will meet on October 9th to discuss converting a bar into a restaurant.

“This is our opportunity to continue opening our economy safely, and I want to make sure our bar owners understand the stringent requirements and are working with state, regional and city authorities to uphold the letter and spirit of the law,” Canales said in a Statement.

“We have made tremendous strides in our infection, hospital and mortality rates, and I believe we can keep safe logs if we work together.”

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