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Gov. Abbott Takes Executive Action To Contain Spread Of COVID-19

Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Friday, June 26, 2020 limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.

The order includes the following:

  • 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.

View the Governor’s Executive Order


Open Texas Plan Moves into Phase 3
On June 3, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced Phase 3 to Open Texas and provided new guidance for amusement parks, performance halls, video game facilities and allowing large outdoor events. Several guidelines were also revised on June 3, 2020. A list of the Phase 3 openings are posted in the links below, along with health protocols for all businesses and individuals to follow. 

OPEN - EFFECTIVE JUNE 3, 2020
OPEN - EFFECTIVE JUNE 10, 2020
OPEN - EFFECTIVE JUNE 19, 2020
Governor Expands Open Texas Plan to Phase 2

On May 18, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced Phase 2 to Open Texas and provided an updated list of businesses and activities that can resume and when.

On May 26, Governor Abbott  issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state's plan to safely and strategically open. With this proclamation, water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls can begin operations with limited occupancy or regulations to protect the health and safety of Texans.

A list of  the expanded business openings are posted in the links below, along with health protocols for all businesses and individuals to follow. 

The City of Seguin is following Governor Abbott's three-phase plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

OPEN - EFFECTIVE MAY 18, 2020
- Childcare centers may reopen with restrictions and enhanced sanitation practices in place, including modified drop-off and pick-up procedures, and screening of staff and children upon arrival. Standards for the number of children per caregiver – and square-foot requirements - have also changed.

- Massage, personal care and beauty services including electrolysis, waxing, tattoo studios, piercing studios, and hair loss treatment and growth services, may reopen. Their restrictions are in line with those placed on hair and nail salons.

- Youth Clubs (i.e. scouts, FFA, etc.) may resume, limited to no more than 10 individuals gathered at a time while indoors.

- Office buildings can expand staffing to the greater of 10 employees or 25% of their workforce, provided that individuals maintain appropriate social distancing.

OPEN - EFFECTIVE MAY 22, 2020
- Bars, bowling alleys, aquariums, natural caverns, bingo halls and skating rinks may reopen at 25% capacity. Bar restrictions include providing service only to seated individuals, discouraging activities with close human contact like dancing, and guidelines similar to restaurants such as not allowing tables larger than 6 people.

** (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 12:00PM June 26, 2020. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.)


- Rodeos and equestrian events may reopen at 25% capacity, though larger gatherings like county fairs are not yet allowed.

- Aquariums, natural caverns and similar facilities (excluding zoos) may reopen at 25% capacity.

- Drive-in concerts may begin as long as spectators remain in their vehicles and in-person contact is minimized

- Restaurants may begin operating at 50% capacity, though child play areas, interactive games and video arcades must remain closed. 

- The current regulations do not yet expand capacity for retailers, shopping malls or movie theaters beyond their current 25% occupancy restriction. Beginning May 29, 2020, food-court dining areas within shopping malls can also resume operations, but malls are encouraged to designate one or more individuals who are responsible for ensuring health and safety practices are followed, including: limiting tables to six individuals; maintaining a six-feet distance between individuals sitting at different tables; cleaning and disinfecting tables between uses; and ensuring no condiments or other items are left on tables between customer uses.

** Essential services such as farmers and ranchers, grocery and drug stores, banks, and gas stations will continue to operate. 

State libraries and museums opened May 1, and local public museums and libraries may reopen only if permitted by the local government.  **NOTE: The Seguin Public Library will remain closed until further notice. Curbside service is still available. For specific information related to health protocols for Museums and Libraries and customers of these businesses, click the following link for guides and checklists (REVISED May 18, 2020):

Single-person offices are also allowed to reopen. Churches and places of worship remain open. Outdoor sports are allowed to resume so long as no more than four participants are playing together at one time. Certain social distancing practices must also be followed. For specific information related to health protocols for businesses mentioned above and customers of these businesses, click the following link for guides and checklists (REVISED May 18, 2020):

OPEN - EFFECTIVE MAY 26, 2020
Driver education programs can resume operations immediately.
 

OPEN - EFFECTIVE MAY 29, 2020
- Beginning Friday, May 29th, water parks can open but must limit their occupancy to 25% of normal operating limits. Components of these water parks that have video arcades must remain closed.

OPEN - EFFECTIVE MAY 31, 2020
- Professional basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, football and car racing may resume WITHOUT spectators physically present. Starting Sunday, May 31st, recreational sports programs for adults can resume, but games and similar competitions may not begin until June 15th. 

- Youth camps, including overnight camps, may resume with restrictions and enhanced sanitation practices in place.

- Youth sport practices may resume with restrictions, including only one parent or guardian present as a spectator. Games and similar competitions, with or without spectators, may not begin until June 15.

OPEN - EFFECTIVE MAY 8, 2020


ADDITIONAL CHECKLISTS:


TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY PROGRAMS OPENING

- School districts can hold summer school with social distancing guidelines in place.

REMAINING CLOSURES
 **Nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities must remain closed to visitors unless to provide critical assistance. 

MASK ORDERS FOR SEGUIN BUSINESSES
Seguin businesses and nonprofit organizations can sign up below to purchase masks to provide to their employees and volunteers. The masks are being sold at cost by the City of Seguin as a way to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus while still reopening Seguin's economy. Click here to order masks.

For questions or concerns about guidelines to Open Texas and Open Seguin, please email reopenseguin@seguintexas.gov and a City representative will respond as quickly as possible. You can also call 830-386-2219.

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