Texas bar owners are pushing the state for permission to reopen their business starting this Friday, May 15th. Governor Greg Abbott has yet to agree to their proposal, and as of this time, has not announced a timeline for the reopening of bars, clubs, and other drinking establishments.
According to the Texas Restaurant Association, the state’s bar industry has lost more than $500 million to date due to the closures, and they believe it’s time to let bars once again open their doors to patrons.
The Texas Restaurant Association issued a proposal outlining safety measures bars could take if they were to reopen this weekend:
- Bars would have a designated safety manager on staff
- Hand sanitizing stations would be placed at entrances for guests to use before entering the premises
- Employees would be screened to ensure they aren’t sick before being allowed to enter the building and clock in
- Parties of customers could not exceed 6 people and must stay at least 6 feet away from other groups at all times
Governor Abbott allowed restaurants to reopen earlier this month at 25% capacity and also allowed full seating in patio and outdoor spaces at those dining establishments. However, establishments that generate more than 51% of their sales from alcohol are classified as bars and are not allowed to reopen as of yet.
The governor has planned for “Phase Two” of the state’s reopening to begin on May 18th, at which points restaurants may be allowed to operate at 50% capacity, and other businesses, such as gyms, will be allowed to reopen. However, there’s still no word on when bars may be allowed to once again welcome customers.
What do you think? Should bars be allowed to reopen yet?