Brazoria County to move toward 50% occupancy for businesses, per state orders

Business occupancy may be reduced in Brazoria County due to the high coronavirus hospitalization rate in the county. (Courtesy Pexels)
Business occupancy may be reduced in Brazoria County due to the high coronavirus hospitalization rate in the county. (Courtesy Pexels)

Business occupancy may be reduced in Brazoria County due to the high coronavirus hospitalization rate in the county. (Courtesy Pexels)

Because Brazoria County is in a trauma service area the state has categorized as an area with high number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations, some businesses in the county have to decrease their occupancy, per Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order.

Brazoria County is located in Trauma Service Area R, which includes several coastal counties. The trauma service area received its high-hospitalization designation from the state because it had seven consecutive days when the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients was over 15% of the total hospital capacity, according to a press release from Brazoria County.


Because of this, all counties in the trauma service area must adhere to the following protocols, according to a Brazoria County press release relaying the governor’s order:

  • Businesses operating at 75% capacity may now only operate at 50% capacity.

  • Any bar that holds a Texas Alcoholic Beverage permit but is not a restaurant must not offer on-premise services. Bars can only be exempted from this rule if the county they are located in has had 30 or fewer new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days, the press release stated.

  • Hospitals should postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not necessary to correct, prevent or lower the risk of a serious medical condition.

By Haley Morrison
Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. She was promoted to editor in February 2019. Haley primarily covers city government.