Judge Wolff Says Bexar County Bars Could Reopen Soon


Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says bars could potentially reopen soon, as long as certain safety guidelines are met.

The judge's comments came during the judge's regular COVID-19 evening update. Governor Greg Abbott had earlier issued an order allowing counties to reopen bars as of today, "if" county judges opted-in. Judge Wolff had delayed making a decision until health officials had time to weigh in on safety concerns.

The recommendation include:

• Occupancy of no more than 50% total capacity indoors, and 50% total capacity outdoors

• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or entering/exiting. Create pre-set 6-foot distanced circles to help patrons observe safety measures.

• Ensure that ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible, for example by opening windows and doors and prioritizing outdoor seating.

• Face coverings should be consistently and correctly worn if not actively eating or drinking. This includes while dancing.

• Keep tables at least 6 feet apart.

• No seating of multiple parties at one table

• No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (remove bar stools or take out of service)

Judge Wolff says he expects to announce more details in coming days.