In case you may have forgotten, we're still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced the third phase of reopening Texas.

According CBS Austin, effective immediately, all businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions.

  • All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions.
  • Bars and similar establishments may increase their capacity to 50% as long as patrons are seated.
  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants may expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons.

Beginning June 12:

  • Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%.
  • Counties with 10 or less active COVID-19 cases may expand their occupancy limits to 75%. Counties that fit this category but have not previously filed an attestation with DSHS will need to do so.

Beginning June 19:

  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 may open at 50% capacity.

Phase 3 will also allow for outdoor Fourth of July celebrations of 500 or more at the discretion of local officials.

The Governor's Open Texas website offers not only more details on Phase 3, but recommendations and resources for businesses that are already open or preparing to be.