“The people of Texas continue to prove that we can safely and responsibly open our state for business while containing COVID-19 and keeping our state safe,” said Governor Abbott in a statement.
If counties have fewer than 10 total active cases, they can increase their occupancy for all establishments to 75%.
The last third will activate Friday, June 19 when amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus may open at 50% capacity.
Plans to expand seating come at an uneasy time for Texas as hospitalizations are up 40% over the last two weeks from the virus. Also, the state set a record on Monday and Tuesday for the most COVID-19 hospitalizations since the pandemic started, according to numbers released by state health officials.
This comes after several weeks of continued drops in positive rates, deaths, and hospital admissions.