(AP/77 WABC) – An alarming resurgence of coronavirus infections across the country has some governors retreating to measures they previously resisted. Today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered bars to shut down again and scaled back restaurant dining to 50% in latest rollbacks amid a surge in confirmed virus cases.
Texas bars ordered to close once again and restaurant occupancy limited to 50% capacity, according to Gov. Greg Abbott executive order announced this morning. pic.twitter.com/3TN89hi87N
— Eric Alvarez (@EricWFAA) June 26, 2020
Abbott also said rafting and tubing outfitters on Texas’ popular rivers must close. He says outdoor gatherings of 100 people or more must be approved by local governments. Texas has reported more than 17,000 new confirmed cases in the last three days with a record high positive tests of 5,996 on Thursday. This comes weeks after the state was among the first to let retailers and restaurants open back up for business.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey did the same. Critics bristle that the course corrections are too little and perhaps too late.
But Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has said he won’t delay reopening, while Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said imposing statewide mask requirements could cause backlash.