UPDATED 1:15 PM PT — Friday, June 26, 2020
Texas and Florida have reimposed some coronavirus restrictions as case numbers continue to rise. Governor Greg Abbott ordered all bars in the state to close by noon on Friday and will be requiring restaurants to reduce their operating capacity back to 50%.
Taking executive action to contain the spread of #COVID19.
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) June 26, 2020
This came after the state’s positive test rate surpassed 11% this week.
Meanwhile, Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation also banned alcohol consumption at bars after the state health department reported a record of nearly 9,000 new confirmed cases.
The state’s governor has touted increased testing efforts across the Sunshine State.
“Every asymptomatic case you identify, if they follow the precautions and isolate, you know, then that can really lower the spread. If they’re asymptomatic and didn’t get a test, well, then they may go around. They may not think that they had it or doing it, and they could spread it to other people.” – Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida
Both state leaders declined to issue a statewide mandate requiring masks to be worn, but they have encouraged residents to do so.