Bars to close and businesses to reduce capacity to 50% in Hays County 

By Sahar Chmais 

COVID-19 hospitalization rates have stayed at and above 15% for seven days consecutively in Central Texas. This means restrictions will start to be rolled out in Texas. 

This follows Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Orders GA-31 and GA-32. These restrictions include: stopping on-site bar services, businesses reducing maximum capacity to 50% and pausing elective surgeries. 

The state has 22 regions split into trauma service areas and when a trauma service area reaches a 15% COVID-19 hospitalization rate for seven days, the executive orders kick in. Hays County is part of Trauma Service Area O. 

Counties in Trauma Service Area O include: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, San Saba, Travis and Williamson. 

These restrictions will be removed when COVID-19 hospitalizations sit below 15% for seven consecutive days.

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Sahar Chmais holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been covering cities in Hays County for one year, touching on residents' struggles and successes, city issues, COVID-19 and more. Prior to reporting on the local spectrum, Sahar reported for a national news organization, covering gun violence. Sahar enjoys working as a local reporter because she gets to work with real people and their stories.

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