Hays County implements increased COVID-19 restrictions

Due to high COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the region, Hays County is under heightened restrictions. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Due to high COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the region, Hays County is under heightened restrictions. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

Due to high COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the region, Hays County is under heightened restrictions. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

A Facebook post published Jan. 10 by Hays County announced rollbacks on the opening capacities of businesses would go into effect Jan. 11 as a result of increased COVID-19 hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area O.

COVID-19 patients accounted for more than 15% of hospital capacity in TSA O for more than seven consecutive days, triggering the rollbacks under Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order GA-32. TSA O includes 11 counties in the capital area.

The county previously issued notice of the impending rollback Jan. 8 to give businesses forewarning, according to a Hays County spokesperson.


Businesses in TSA O with opening capacities of 75% were required to reduce capacity to 50%, and elective surgeries were put on hold, effective immediately.

Bars not operating as restaurants were also forced to close.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.