bars reopening

In a press conference on Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott unveiled the next phase of business reopenings, and under the plan, bars will be allowed to reopen their doors starting this Friday, May 22.

Like other businesses that have been allowed to reopen in recent weeks, Texas bar customers and employees will be required to follow specific guidelines set forth by the governor.

With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know regarding the guidelines for bars to reopen on May 22:

  • Bars (along with breweries and wine tasting rooms) can reopen at 25% capacity
  • Hand sanitizing stations need to be available at entrances
  • Customers cannot loiter at heavily trafficked areas, such as at the bar. Instead, they should remain seated at their table. Bar owners must “physically block off the bar and remove or block off bar stools so customers may neither sit nor order at the bar itself.”
  • No more than 6 people can sit at a single table
  • Bar employees have to frequently clean and disinfect all regularly touched surfaces (e.g. doorknobs, tables, chairs, etc.)
  • Parties should remain 6 feet apart from one another at all times. Tables and chairs should not be moved.
  • Activities that involve close human contact, such as dancing, should be avoided
  • Customers and employees are encouraged to wear face masks and wash their hands regularly
  • Bars should use single-use items, including disposable menus, condiment packets, disposable plasticware, etc.
  • Employees must be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 daily before they are allowed to enter the premises

You can see the full list of guidelines here on the state’s website.

What do you think of bars being allowed to reopen? Do these guidelines make you comfortable enough to visit a local bar or brewery?