Business Occupancy Reduced Due To Regional
COVID-19 Patient Hospitalizations
Effective Dec. 4, all businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including those in Collin and Dallas counties, whose occupancy rates were increased to 75 percent in October are required to lower their occupancy rates to 50 percent. The reductions come after the percentage of COVID-19 confirmed patients in regional hospitals, as a percentage of available hospital beds, exceeded 15 percent for seven consecutive days.
The automatic reduction is authorized through Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32, which states bars must close temporarily and restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries may operate at 50 percent capacity. The use by bars or similar establishments of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks remains allowed to the extent authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, or TABC. A full list of affected businesses can be located at https://open.texas.gov/. As part of the governor's order, elective medical procedures must also temporarily stop.
The reductions will remain in place until there are seven consecutive days where the percentage of COVID-19 confirmed patients in regional hospitals as a percentage of available hospital beds is at 15 percent or less.
Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings
Releases Video Message Urging Texans To Protect Themselves And Their Loved Ones From COVID-19
AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.
"Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”
Additionally, the Governor released a new video message to coincide with his Executive Order, encouraging Texans to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep their communities safe.
The three websites with frequently updated information on the coronavirus are listed below. The Centers for Disease Control at the Federal Level, and at the state level The Texas Department of State Health Services. Collin County Health Care Services is also keeping a close eye on the situation. City of Murphy Emergency Management is monitoring the situation.
DSHS COVID-19 Call Center line 1-877-570-9779
DSHS COVID-19 email address email@example.com
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