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Bars, Businesses Can Reopen at 75-Percent Capacity, County Judge Says

Comal County businesses like Canyon Lake's Gennaro's Trattoria can operate at 75-percent capacity now that hospitalization rates in Texas' Trauma Service Area P have been below the 15-percent threshold for seven days. Facebook image.

Comal County businesses can move from operating at 50-percent capacity to 75-percent capacity after hospitalization rates in Texas’ Trauma Service Area P fell below the 15-percent threshold for seven consecutive days.

County Judge Sherman Krause said he was informed by Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt that Comal County’s service area no longer meets the definition of a high-hospitalization area.

The restriction was imposed by Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32, which defines high hospitalizations as any trauma service area that has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity exceeds 15 percent.

“It’s welcomed news for our local businesses, especially after the weather week we’ve had,” Krause said. “Our businesses can reopen at 75-percent capacity. We still need residents to be aware of the weather situation and take all necessary precautions.”

Bars, which were closed, can now reopen while restaurants, retail stores, gyms, offices, museums, libraries, amusement parks, swimming pools, zoos aquariums and similar facilities can increase their capacities. Schools, religious services and child-care services were not included in GA-32.

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