State, county coronavirus restrictions impact bars in Keller, Roanoke, Northeast Fort Worth

An executive order from Governor Greg Abbott calls for all bars in the state to close by noon on June 26th. (Katherine Borey / Community Impact Newspaper)

State and regional health contracts related to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to affect businesses in the Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth areas.

Just one day after a nationwide mandate from Judge Glen Whitley required the wearing of face masks in all Tarrant County’s businesses, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on June 26 reversing a number of aspects of the state’s gradual reopening.

The order requires all bars in the state to close by 12pm on June 26th, and restaurant capacity will be capped again at 50% from 12:01pm on June 29th.

“At this point, it’s clear that the surge in cases is largely due to certain types of activity, including Texans gathering in bars. The measures in this regulation are essential to our mission to contain this virus quickly and protect public health, ”Abbott said in a June 26 press release.

Some establishments, such as Chopshop Live in Roanoke, were quick to respond. Regarded as a bar as alcoholic beverages account for more than 51% of sales. Among other things, the bar and music venue announced on social media that they would comply with the governor’s order.

“We must be closed again with immediate effect ”, it says in the announcement. “Shows will be canceled for the time being until we know something else … the entire property is closed for the time being.”

Chopshop has been closed for months due to previous coronavirus-related restrictions and was due to reopen on June 26th at 7 p.m. with a live music performance. According to the announcement, tickets for the now canceled show will be refunded. The venue plans to address future performances based on updates from state officials.

“I suspected something was coming, but I wasn’t sure what,” said Roanoke Mayor Scooter greedily. “It will have an effect. Some of our facilities here in town are part of this 51% bar rule. “

The What’s On Tap basement store, recognized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission as a wine and beer retailer, can stay 50% open, employee Matt Head said.

The company will continue to offer on-the-go options and maintain social distancing in business until the county or state provides further guidance, he said.

“We’re trying to understand the guidelines as best we can,” said Head.

Texas Restaurant Association estimates According to the coronavirus pandemic, around 700,000 jobs in the catering industry have been lost since mid-March.

Reintroducing restrictions, such as capacity restrictions and face mask requirements, will only exacerbate the problem, Gierisch said. In the meantime, city officials continue to support the business community, he said.

“We’ve told the business community that something is likely to be in the pipeline,” he said. “And we guess based on Tarrant County [action] With the mask rule, Denton County will follow suit on Tuesday. ”

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