The number of patients hospitalized in North Texas because of COVID-19 has risen to force restrictions to again be placed on area businesses.
Under Governor’s Order 32, also referred to as GA-32, multiple restrictions are in place as of Friday because of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Trauma Service Area, which includes Parker County as well as counties in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, having been above 15 percent for seven consecutive days.
The restrictions include the halting of all “Non-essential medical surgeries and procedures” in hospitals, and closures of all “Bars or similar establishments that hold a permit from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), and are not restaurants.”
Any business establishment that otherwise would have a 75 percent occupancy or operating limit may operate at up to only 50 percent. Such businesses include amusement park operators; bowling alleys, bingo halls and skating rinks; gyms and exercise facilities; movie theaters; museums and libraries; restaurants and retailers.