Last call for sit-in dining at Texas restaurants tonight

Last call for local diners
Posted at 1:06 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 14:17:29-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Today is the last day for Texans to dine-in at restaurants.

On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced a series of executive orders relating to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Among those orders say that schools, bars, clubs and gyms have to close.

As for restaurants - they have until midnight to stop allowing people to "dine-in.”

From then on -- it's takeout only.

Several diners were gorging themselves at Kikos Mexican Restaurant, where they were hitting the dining area before it closes.

The scene was the same at Taqueria Garibaldi.

“Our drive-thru just this morning has been non-stop,” said Stefani Sevilla, a manager at Garibaldi's. “A lot of customers are trying to say that they're trying to come get their tacos while they can and they said they'll still be here. We're still gonna stay open in the drive-thru so it's really a good feeling to know they're taking care of us as well.”

Texans are not being ordered to shelter in place

People can still go to parks, banks and grocery stores. They just need to avoid large groups.

The order will remain in effect until at least April 3.

CCPD says its prepared to enforce the new limit on crowds.

They say they'll first give a warning.

A second call could result in citations or arrests.