Burnet County Judge James Oakley received notification from the Texas Department of State Health Services that the Trauma Service Area in which Burnet County is located is an “area with high hospitalizations” as outlined in Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32.
Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32, which went into effect on October 14, 2020, states that when a Texas Trauma Service Area (TSA) has a high hospitalization rate, any business establishment that was operating at 75 percent occupancy limit must rollback to a 50 percent occupancy limit.
Burnet County is in TSA Region O, which includes Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, San Saba, Travis, and Williamson counties. Region O has experienced a steady increase in people hospitalized due to the COVID-19 virus.
Under this order the following apply immediately:
- All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
- Restaurants may remain open for dine-in services, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy.
- All non-essential businesses operate at 50% capacity
- Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
- Outdoor gatherings of 10 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
- Outdoor areas, events, and establishments may operate at no more than 50%
- Amusement parks
- Water parks
- Swimming pools
- Museums and libraries
- Zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities
Businesses that fall under personal care and beauty services may still operate at 75 percent with work stations at least 6 feet apart.
Businesses that have been required to roll back to a 50 percent occupancy limit may return to 75 percent occupancy when the TSA hospitalization rate for COVID-19 returns to below 15 percent for seven consecutive days.
Mayor John Packer reemphasizes the need for individuals and businesses to remain diligent in the fight against COVID-19.
Executive Order GA-32 may be found at www.gov.texas.gov. The order outlines how this ruling is applied to businesses and organizations.
Recommended minimum health protocols outlined by DSHS and the Governor’s Report to Open Texas is available at www.open.texas.gov