Bar owners bracing for Abbott-ordered COVID-related closure

Posted at 4:35 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 17:48:29-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott calls bars one of the reasons for the COVID-19 spike in people between the ages of 20 and 40.

One bar owner I spoke with understands, but doesn’t like how this latest executive order was implemented.

The executive order was announced around 9 a.m. Friday, giving bar owners like Cale Moore three hours notice.

The order also caps restaurant capacity at 50 percent, and requires local approval for outdoor gatherings of 100 or more.

The governor issued the order in response to Texas’ positive test rate going above 10 percent, but it doesn’t have an expiration date and no guidelines for when bars might reopen again.

"I'm on board with everything that they want to do, but we need some of notice," Moore said. "We cannot operate a business without some sort of plan, we don’t operate a business without a plan, they shouldn’t operate government and control businesses without a plan."

The service industry was doing well since reopening, but now these business owners are again faced with uncertainty.

The governor's order also closes the tube and raft rental business.