By GAIGE DAVILA
Bars in Cameron County can now open at 50 percent capacity, two days after Governor Greg Abbott greenlighted their reopening in an executive order issued last week. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. announced bars can reopen effective immediately during an October 16 press conference.
Bars can remain open until 11 p.m., with customers allowed to remove their masks only if they’re eating or drinking. Furthermore, the Judge explained that the curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. would continue.
Initially, Treviño was warry of reopening bars in the county, saying that it was risking “continued spread of the virus” during an October 9 press conference. On October 14, the Judge’s office issued a press release saying they were still considering reopening bars across the county.
Abbott ordered bars to close in March, allowed them to reopen again in May, then closed them in June, after spikes in COVID-19 cases.