Texas relaxes more rules to further open the state economy


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas bars, restaurants and retailers will be allowed to serve more customers — in some cases immediately — under new orders from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday to further open the state economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Abbott's order for "Phase 3" of the restart also allows for outdoor Fourth of July celebrations of 500 or more at the discretion of local officials.

Retailers are allowed to expand to 50% capacity immediately and the same applies to bars as long as patrons are seated. Restaurants can serve groups as large as 10 and can expand to 75...

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