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.