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Texas Gov. Abbott is lifting more virus restrictions, but bars will remain closed

UPDATE: Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that retail stores, restaurants, gyms, manufacturing facilities and office buildings, museums and libraries in much of Texas will be able to reopen to 75% capacity, up from 50%.

This increase will take effect this coming Monday, Sept. 21.

Abbott said many nursing homes will also be able to allow visitations and hospitals can resume conducting normal elective surgery procedures.

However, bars will remain closed until further notice, with Abbott saying those are “nationally recognized as Covid-spreading locations.”

The governor's latest order does not apply to three regions of the state — the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Victoria. Those areas were excluded from the loosening of restrictions due to higher than acceptable Covid-19 numbers that Abbott described as being “in the danger zone.”

ORIGINAL REPORT: AUSTIN, Texas — Texas health officials reported more than 3,400 confirmed new cases of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 on Wednesday, as well as 135 new Covid-19 deaths.

Hospitalizations from Covid-19 continued to fall and daily new cases also continued to decline from July's record highs.

Amid those improvising numbers, Gov. Greg Abbott scheduled a Thursday news conference at 11 a.m. MT at the Texas Capitol to discuss the state's Covid-19 response.

Abbott appeared to hint last month that more restrictions could be lifted in the face of pressure from bar and restaurant owners, as well as from some conservative GOP activists.

Bars have remained closed in Texas since June, when a surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths occurred. More than 14,400 people have died from Covid-19 in Texas, most of them this summer. In all, there have been more 674,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Texas.

The true number of Texas cases is likely higher though because many people haven’t been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

In addition, the share of positive Covid-19 cases throughout the spring has turned out to be higher than was originally reported, new state calculations made this week now show.

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  1. Numbers are looking better. I hope we can safely open up in time to save more restuarants. If we keep wearing masks as Dr. Redfield advises, and social distancing we will be able to prevent new outbreaks. At least Abbott listens to the scientists. 47 more days🤗.

    1. markturner the idiot! According to your beloved polls President Trump’s job approval is at 52% and he is 1 point up on crazy Joe. Where’s that Biden lead you bragged about of 15 points moron? Crazy Joe can’t even get anyone to attend his rallies. 47 days for JO HO 2020 to crash and burn.

        1. Incoherent much alberto pedo muerto? Your rant makes no sense as usual. What the hell does your stupid rhetoric have to do with anything? Pinche pendejo bofo. No tienes ni un sentido inteligente. Baboso. Ya matate. Nadie quiere oír de tus babosadas.

    2. Hey idiot you can’t wear your mask eating or drinking in a restaurant or bar. It’s the bars that are in trouble since they were shutdown back in June. At least Governor Abbott doesn’t listen to libtard junk science.

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