Fort Bend County to reopen bars to 50% capacity

Fort Bend County Bars will open at 50% capacity Oct. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fort Bend County Bars will open at 50% capacity Oct. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Fort Bend County Bars will open at 50% capacity Oct. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced his decision to reopen bars and similar establishments in Fort Bend County.

"This is not the time to let our guard down. My message to all bar owners, managers and customers is be safe; be smart," George said.

George said he will submit paperwork to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to allow bars to open at 50% capacity on Oct. 14.

"Our survey of bar owners and managers showed that the overwhelming majority of them would like to open and that they would implement the Department of State Health Services protocols in their establishments," George said.

If the hospitalization rate due to COVID-19 reaches a certain level, Gov. Greg Abbott will shut down the establishments again.


"In Fort Bend County, we have led the way in wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and avoiding mass gatherings allowing us to better control and fight COVID-19," George said.
By Nola Valente
A native Texan, Nola serves as reporter for the Katy edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She studied print journalism at the University of Houston and French at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in France. Nola was previously a foreign correspondent in Jerusalem, Israel covering Middle East news through an internship with an American news outlet.