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COVID, Capacity Updates

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Numbers released by the South Plains Public Health District show Gaines County with 411 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic. There have been seven deaths and 329 individuals diagnosed with the coronavirus have recovered; 75 remain active.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order to pen bars and similar establishments in Texas at up to 50% capacity. According to the press release, county judges will be able to opt their county into opening bars beginning Oct. 14 as long as CDC health guidelines are enforced. The Governor’s Executive Order also increases all businesses’ occupancy levels, other than bars, to 75% occupancy.

According to Gaines County Judge Tom Keyes, the new order does not apply to Gaines County since there are no bars in the area. “Perika’s and BYOP are private clubs, and while they may answer to TABC, they don’t answer to the County. There is a process for bars to open in a county; they have to be approved by the County government. Neither of these places had to apply to the county because they are private organizations. Additionally, they also probably don’t meet the definition of a bar, which is defined as a place that makes more than 51% of profits from the sale of liquor,” Judge Keyes explained.