Abbott said county judges will have the authority to opt in their counties to the new openings and will be subject to enforcing the safety protocols.
Bars in counties that elect to participate in the new openings will be required to enforce mask-wearing among employees and bar patrons when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained or when not seated to eat or drink, according to health protocols released by Abbott's office Oct. 7. Outdoor bars will not be subject to the same occupancy limit as indoor bars.
A county press release states Comal County Judge Sherman Krause has begun conversations with local mayors, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and law enforcement to consider carrying out and enforcing the new order.
Once local officials have been consulted, Krause will officially determine if Comal County will participate in the plan.
River tubing outfitters were also greenlit to open and operate at 50% capacity, and businesses currently operating at 50% capacity, such as amusement parks and movie theaters, may now expand to 75% capacity.