June 26, 2020

There are two items of importance that we received from the State today.

First, there have been two additional positive COVID-19 cases in Aransas County bringing the total number to 12. Case #11 is a male in his 60s. Case #12 is a male in his 30s. Both men are in self-quarantine.

Secondly, Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.

The order includes the following:

o All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

o Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.

o Rafting and tubing businesses must close.

o Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.

AND, out of an abundance of caution, The Rockport Center for the Arts decided to cancel the Art Festival that was scheduled for the 4th of July weekend.

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