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McLennan County Judge to allow local bars to reopen at 50% capacity

Posted at 12:50 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 11:04:48-04

MCLENNAN COUNTY, TX — McLennan County Judge Scott Felton has filed an 'opt in' request with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to allow the re-opening of bars and similar establishments in McLennan County on October 14.

"I did not make this decision lightly. I received input from the Commissioners Court at today’s meeting which unanimously favored opting-in," Judge Felton said. "I also heard information from our Local Health Authority that indicated that the normal way bars operate would lead him to an opposite conclusion. However, the Minimum Standard Protocols, if followed, should relieve those concerns to a significant extent"

Under the Governor's recent order, bars and similar establishments can reopen on October 14 if the County Judge files a request with the TABC.

In addition to obtaining the approval of the County Judge, bars must follow the reopening restrictions set forth in the Governor's Order and on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Those guidelines include limiting capacity to 50%, only serving persons seated at tables, six foot distance between tables, restrictions on number of persons at a table, employees and patrons wearing masks except when seated if keeping 6 foot of distance not possible, reduced service hours, etc.

"I intend to closely monitor compliance through the help of law enforcement and the TABC and will remain in close contact with local public health officials. I will not hesitate to opt the County back out if the situation warrants," Judge Felton said.

The full order can be found here.