Is Texas open for business?

JUNE 26 - Governor Abbott places limits on certain businesses and services with direct link to infections 

Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The order includes the following:

  • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM Friday, June 26. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. 
  • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
  • Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.

Further Protocols:

All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from DSHS. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit

Reminders for those going out:

  • Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings.
  • People should not be in groups greater than ten when possible.
  • People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.
  • People are still asked to avoid nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities.

View the Governor’s Executive Order.

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1. Is Texas open for business?
2. Do I still have to stay home?
3. Should I still practice social distancing, good hygiene, and wear a mask in public?
4. Are there special guidelines for people over the age of 65?
5. How can I determine my business’ capacity?
6. I am the owner of a restaurant or retail business reopening. What should I do to keep myself, employees and customers safe?
7. As a business owner, am I allowed to require customers to wear face coverings in my establishment?
8. If I would like to dedicate certain periods of time each day for only at-risk customers, what are my options?
9. When do restaurants open?
10. How about bars?
11. When do retailers open?
12. When do salons and barbershops open?
13. When do gyms open?
14. When do movie theaters open?
15. When do museums and libraries open?
16. What if I have other questions about my business reopening?
17. Will City Facilities, including the San Marcos Public Library, open on May 1?
18. Are City Parks open?
19. When can I enjoy outdoor sports?
20. What do I do if my employer is asking me to return to work, but I, or someone I am caring for, am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?
21. Can we attend religious services?
22. Where can I read the Governor’s Report to Open Texas?
23. Are there any restrictions on outdoor events in San Marcos?